14th April, 2020
Furtherance to the Kano State Government directives which was reaffirmed by the Kano Road and Traffic Agency that henceforth, all Tricyclele Operators in the state are to carry only one passenger at a time, the Managing Director, KAROTA, Hon. Dr Baffa Dan’agundi has announced that there has been a review of the order after a meeting with the state Commissioner of Transportation, Barr. M. S Lawal and other stakeholders concerned.
He said the new order now permits Tricycle Operators to carry two passengers at a time as against the earlier order which allowed for only a passenger. However, that both passengers must wear face masks and the Tricyclists must also wear a face mask and make provision for hand sanitizer for his passengers.
Secondly, that henceforth, all Taxi Drivers are to carry only two passengers at the backseat and only one at the front making a total of four including the driver and must all wear the face masks. That taxi drivers too have been ordered to provide hand sanitizer for their passengers.
Thirdly, that it has been agreed that all commercial buses are to carry only two passengers per seat and only one at the front and must all put on the face masks and drivers must provide hand sanitizers for all passengers. This, also is applicable to all other commercial drivers that convey passengers from the town to villages within the state.
Further more, all Vans, Trucks and Tippers conveying
, other goods and services are to carry only one person beside the driver while conveying such loads and must all be on face masks with hand sanitizers made available in the vehicle.
He said, the Agency, and other security bodies under the leadership of the state commissioner of police have been fully mandated to ensure compliance to the new order just as all the leaders of the various unions of road transport operators have agreed to work hand in hand with the security agencies.
He warned that anyone who violates the new order would not be spared as the state government is determined to curtail the spread of the Coronavirus in the state and would spare no one who tries to jeopardize the health of the general public.
In his remarks, Alh. Ashiru Umar, Chairman Kano Transport Forum (KTF), said the Forum supports the directives by the state government and calls on all who are into transport business in the state to comply with the order for the safety of lives in the state.
Umar charge all drivers to ensure that they are always wearing the face mask to serve as an example to their passengers so that together, the virus would be defeated in the state.
Nabilusi Abubakar K/Na’isa
Public Relations Officer
14th April, 2020.