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Kano tricycle operators call off strike, N100 levy still in place

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The tricycle operators in Kano state have called of its warning strike, following intervention by the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and Kano Civil Society Forum, KCSF, interfacing with the Kano Road Traffic Agency, KAROTA, and Tricycle Owners and Riders Association.

Recall that on Monday, the operators had begun the strike action to protest the imposition of N100 daily levy by the Kano State Government through the KAROTA, a situation that threw thousands of commuters into untold hardship.

Briefing journalists during a joint-press conference at the KAROTA head-office, the state NLC chairman, Ado Minjibir, said the warring parties had agreed the sheathe their swords.

According to him, after extensive and fruitful deliberations, both parties agreed to toe the path of peace, as tricycle riders decided to call off the strike.

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He said: “Arising from the impasse between the KAROTA and the leadership of Tricycle Riders/Owners Association, the leadership of NLC, TUC, JNC and KCSF summoned a joint meeting chaired by Comrade Kabiru Ado Minjibir (chairman NLC Kano state) with the MD of KAROTA with the aim of intervening to have amicable resolution on the matter of striking Tricycle Riders in the state.”

He, however, listed resolutions reached at the peace parley to include the payment of a token of N100 daily as tax, and that the first payment must be made through REMITA “to enable data capture in Kano State Board of Internal Revenue/KAROTA Cyber which shall be done within two weeks’ time effective from today, February 23, 2021.

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“After which KAROTA will commence enforcement and the Cyber shutdown, so that nobody will access it to enable control.

“That the subsequent payment of N100 daily tax should follow by the tricycle operators which can be done through their android phone or Post (Point Of Sale) machine with an option of daily, monthly, quarterly, or yearly payment at the Cafe (which is not compulsory).

“That the Hire Purchase Owners will assist the tricycle Riders in the provision of additional Remitter points to enable members to make payment with ease.

“That the leadership of Organized Labour and Kano Civil Society Forum will continue to engage the leadership of Tricycle Riders/Owners Association in the state for smooth conduct of their business through public enlightenment, awareness activities and training on professional conduct to ensure peaceful co-existence in the state and hitch-free business atmosphere.

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“That all tricycle riders in the state should write their number boldly at the back of each tricycle for easy identification and security purposes.”

In their separate remarks, the Managing Director of KAROTA, Baffa Danagundi and the chairman of Tricycle Owners/Riders Association, Mansur Tanimu, commended the organized labour and Civil Society Organizations for their timely intervention.

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