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Traders, students stranded as tricycle riders begin 7-day strike in Kano

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Students in Kano state have been left stranded on roadsides due to the strike embarked by commercial tricycle operators in the state on Monday.

Prime Time News reports that the tricycle operators, popularly known as adaidaita-sahu in local parlance, have embarked on the industrial action to protest the new registration number imposed by Kano Road Traffic Agency, KAROTA.

However, the strike had affected students in the state metropolis as it coincided with the resumption of schools to mark the beginning of 2022 academic session in the state.

Our reporter observed that all the ever-busy roads in the metropolis had been deserted by the tricycle operators, inflicting hardship on commuters, especially students and traders.

One of the traders, Ali Akibu, said he decided to trek from Dorayi quarters down to Kwari Market as he waited for more than two hours without getting commercial vehicle to transport him to the market.

He said, before the strike, it costs him just N70 to board adaidaita-sahu from Dorayi to Kwari Market, lamenting that “now with even N500, i can not get a transport to my working place.”

“I have to embark on trekking to the market, about 4 kilometers and I don’t think I will get a vehicle back to my house in the evening.

“I call on the government to meet these tricycle operators to resolve the crisis amicably,” he appealed.

Our reporter also observed that many students, especially of Bayero University Kano could miss today’s lectures as they find it difficult to get vehicles to take them to the school.

Speaking tlwith Prime Time News Correspondent in Kano, the students who where left stranded at Mandawari Junction, lamented how they spent hours waiting for vehicles to take them to the school.

“I think many of us must miss lectures today. I think the university authority would announce suspension of lectures due to this strike.

“It is a difficult day to us as we have just resumed new session. So, we will be waiting here to see if we would be lucky to get a vehicle, may be commercial or private.

“The KAROTA should provide alternative to people as this strike may affect study and business activities in this state,” said Maryam Haruna, a BUK student.

Prime Time News reports that the ever-busy roads in Kano had become a shadow of their former selves as a result of the strike embarked by the adaidaita-sahu riders.

All the chaotic nature of the roads around the metropolis had been disappeared, inflicting hardship on commuters, which invariably would paralyse business activities in the commercial city.

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