Tricycle Movement Restriction Cripples Night Business in Kano
By Hussaini Ibrahim Sulaiman, Kano
Night businesses have been crippled in many parts of Kano metropolis and environs following the restriction on the movements of tricycle operators placed by the state government.
Tricycles remain the most easiest, patronised and affordable means of transportation used by the residents of the ancient city.
It could be recalled that two months ago, the state Information Commissioner, Mohammed Garba, in a statement, had announced that night operations by the commercial tricycle riders popular known as ‘Yan Adai-dai ta sahu’ were henceforth regulated.
The measure, according to Mohammed Garba, was unveiled as a proactive strategies to curb the growing spate of crimes, immoralities and other social vices, allegedly perpetuated by the some of the tricycle operators which mainly occurred in the night hours.
Under the new policy, operations of the tricycle riders are limit sized fro to 6am to 10pm as against the hitherto unlimited period.
The government further specifically noted that the restriction ban was primary targeted at tackling rising cases of armed robbery, mobile phones snatching, theft and burglary, among other social ills which were being perpetrated in connivance with the tricycle riders.
However, a fact-check by our correspondent, revealed that the measure has paralyzed socio-economic activities as residents are always eager to return homes to avoid being stranded following the absence of their only means of transportation.
It was observed that commercial areas which have been booming during the night hours are now reduced to a empty zone.
For instance, popular areas like kasuwar market, Mandawari, Kofar Dawanau, ‘Yankaba, Unguwa-uku and several others are now deserted and being attended by few traders and buyers.
Most of the aforementioned places with commercial activities raging from 8pm to 12am turned out to be a low-pitched, with businesses closing by 9:30pm.
A cross section of traders interviewed by Daily Hint, expressed dismay over the new tricycle regulation, they claimed has negatively undermined their earnings.
A tea seller at Beirut Road GSM market Malam Ahmad Musa said his normal daily earning prior to the implementation of the policy was N5000 while he now hardly make N2000.
“Three months ago, my daily profit was between N5000 to N7000 per night, however, the situation changes for worsts as few customers are now patronising me. This is not unconnected with the the new measure which places movements of tricycle riders to 10pm. My customers who were trooping to my tea joint from 7pm to 12pm, are presently avoiding me whenever 10pm approaches as they are rushing to get home early before tricycle riders stay away from roads”, he further complained.
Daily Hint also discovered that shopping malls and other super markets who are mostly being patronage in the night hours have suffered same fate.