The commercial tricycle operators in Kano State have called off the strike they had embarked upon on Monday.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that the tricycle operators on Monday embarked on a 7-day warning strike to protest the annual N8,500 registration number renewal fees and payment of N100 daily imposed by Kano Road Traffic Agency, KAROTA.
The operators also complained that every Monday, they are compelled to pay the N100 levy for Sunday, when the revenue collectors are not working.
However, the decision to suspend the strike was reached at a marathon meeting on Wednesday between the Managing Director of KAROTA, Baffa Dan-Agundi and lawyers of the tricyclists, under the Chairmanship of Aminu Gadanya, Chairman of Nigerian Bar Association, NBA.
Addressing journalists after the meeting, which lasted for about three hours, Mr Gadanya said the meeting was successful as both parties understood each other.
According to him, the contentious issue of payment of N8,500 for registration number renewal has been resolved amicably, as the tricyclists resolved to write the state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje to seek for reduction or payment of the fee in installment.
Mr Gadanya described the meeting as fruitful, calling on thousands of the tricyclists operating in the state to return to work with immediate effect.
On his part, Mr Dan-Agundi promised to meet Mr Ganduje on the issue of the N8,500 registration number renewal fee and see if he could grant their requests.
“Apart from this, we discussed so many issues and in the end, we have reached an agreement and the striking group has decided to suspend it.
“We had a fruitful meeting and it has yielded result. Now, tricycle riders can come out, even now, to continue with their business,” said Mr Dan-Agundi.
On his part, Mr Hikima also disclosed 12 resolutions had been reached, adding that the final verdict on the major issue which is the renewal of registration number would be decided by the governor and an announcement would be made in the near future.
He also disclosed that the issue of alleged harassment on tricyclists by KAROTA officers had been resolved, adding that the MD had promised to compensate any operator that was arrested unjustly by his personnel.
Mr Hikima also pointed out that the issue of parking had also been resolved as the MD had promised more parking spaces at markets and other bus stops around the city.
“You know, we cannot get everything 100 percent, but we have reached an agreement on 12 resolutions.
“We discussed intensively and resolved the impasse amicably. The issue of renewal of registration number had also been resolved, as the MD is going to meet with the governor to see if he would grant the request of the tricyclists on reducing the fee or accept the proposal to pay the fee in installment.
“The issue has been suspended for now, until the MD announces the next line of actions after his meeting with the governor.
“Let me use this opportunity to call on the tricyclists to be law-abiding. They should all come out to continue their lawful businesses, but they should obey laws and order,” he said.