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Drivers block Kano road to protest KAROTA beating

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Mukhtar Yahya Usman

Some truck drivers blocked the busy Bello Road roundabout in Kano metropolis over the alleged beating of a driver by Kano Road Traffic Agency (KAROTA) officials.

KANO TODAY reports that the incident happened along Ibrahim Taiwo Road at about 2:00pm and lasted for three hours on Tuesday.

The blockage affected the routes leading to Singer and Kantin Kwari Markets.

The truck driver at the center of the crisis, Kabiru Muhammad told reporters that he was arrested by KAROTA officers on a charge of using additional headlamps illegally.

Driver Kabiru Muhammad

“I was arrested by KAROTA men who asked me to remove the additional headlamps from my truck but I told them I couldn’t remove them instantly.

“They ordered me to park but before I could comply, one of them asked me to let him drive the truck and I refused.

“He therefore insulted me and another officer hit me on the head with a bamboo stick. That’s why you see all this blood.” He said.

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One of the protesting drivers, Auwal Yusuf said they blocked the road in solidarity with the fate of a fellow driver.

Mr Yusuf said they will not accept abuse of their human rights by KAROTA officials.

Police spokesperson in Kano, Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa confirmed the incident.

Mr Kiyawa, a deputy superintendent of police said the command has dispersed the trucks and ordered the arrest of all KAROTA officials on duty at the area to investigate the matter.

However, KAROTA is yet to respond to the matter as its spokesperson Abubakar Nabulisi Kofar Na’isa’s cell phone was switched off when contacted by KANO TODAY.

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Kano state to fully implement TSA by 2020

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Treasury Single Account

Nasiru Yusuf

Kano state government has set January 2020 for full implementation of Treasury Single Account (TSA).

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Zakari Sadiq Buda disclosed this on Monday at a workshop for Directors of Administration and General Services and Heads of Accounts in public institutions.

Mr Buda, who represented the finance commissioner, Shehu Na Allah Kura said the decision was part of the resolutions of the state executive council meeting of November 2017.

He said the state government has contracted Systems Specs to train civil servants on full implementation of the program.

In his remarks the state TSA program manager, Seth David Gana said the training would expose participants to operate the TSA software.

Mr Gana said TSA implementation would enhance transparency in governance as it enables governments to track its finances at any point.

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Only 35% of HIV positive people in Kano are on medication – SACA

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Nasiru Yusuf

The Director General of Kano State Agency for the Control of AIDS, Sabitu Shanono  says only 35 % of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Kano are on medication.

KANO FOCUS reports that Mr. Shanono, a medical doctor, revealed this on Monday when he paid an advocacy visit to Emir of Karaye Ibrahim Abubakar II at his palace.

Mr Shanono said the SACA will launch an HIV/AIDS awareness campaign at the newly created Karaye Emirate  next month.

The Director General said the campaign will complement the compulsory HIV test for pregnant women attending ante-natal clinics.

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He therefore solicited the support of the Karaye Emirate in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

In his remarks the Emir of Karaye, Ibrahim Abubakar affirmed his readiness to provide royal support to ensure the fight against the disease records a huge success.

He also called on his subjects to attend the Heart to Heart centers in public hospitals to verify their HIV status.

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KAROTA to limit Adaidaita Sahu tricycles in Kano

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Bappa Babba Dan Agundi

Mukhtar Yahya Usman

The Kano State Road Traffic Agency (KAROTA) has announced plans to reduce the number of Adaidaita Sahu tricycles in Kano.

KANO FOCUS reports that the KAROTA Managing Director Bappa Babba Dan Agundi disclosed this on Monday while defending the agency’s budget before the Kano state House of Assembly.

Mr Dan Agundi said KAROTA will introduce a new registration regime that will reduce the number of Adaidaita Sahu tricycles operating in Kano from the current 500,000 to a maximum of 200,000.

He also said that KAROTA will install security trackers on registered Adaidaita Sahu tricycles across the state.

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“The decision to commence the installation of the trackers on tricycles followed the state government’s decision to allow them to continue operating in the state.

“Therefore, it is necessary for us to embark on such installation, aimed at monitoring their operations across the state.” He said.

He added that the KAROTA aims to generate a revenue of N6,000,000,000.00 in 2020 via vehicle registration and fines on traffic offenders.

Mr Dan Agundi however said KAROTA will introduce community service as a punishment for traffic regulations offences as its main purpose is not revenue generation.

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