COVID-19: Kano Insists On One Passenger Per Tricycle

The Managing Director, Kano Road Transport Agency, Baffa Danagundi, on Monday vowed to enforce the order banning tricycles from carrying more than one passenger at a time.

Despite the directive, tricycle operators were, as of the time of filing this report at about 4pm on Monday, were carrying more than one passenger, indicating that they had flouted the directive.

The order, it was gathered, was part of measures by the state government to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

At a meeting with different heads of associations of tricycle operators on Sunday, Danagundi, who urged them to caution their members to obey the order, vowed to strictly enforce the directive.

A statement by the Public Relations Officer of the agency, Nabulisi Na’isa, quoted the managing director as saying, “The decision is not in any way intended to cause hardship for the operators but specifically to curb the spread of the disease in the state.’’

Kano State last week recorded its first case of coronavirus, hence the banning of tricycle operators from conveying more than one passenger at a time to avoid body contacts.

The state governor, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, during the emergency meeting, which he chaired, warned that the government would take drastic measures to checkmate COVID-19 in the state.

During the meeting, Ganduje stated that he would summon a meeting of both Christian, Muslim  and market leaders to discuss modalities for tackling COVID-19.

“What is paramount for now is to promptly embark on tracking all those that had contacts with the index case so as to isolate them to avert any possible spread of the virus,” he said.