The Kano Road Traffic Agency (KAROTA) on Wednesday said it would soon commence the option of subjecting road traffic offenders to community services.
The Managing Director of the agency, Alhaji Baffa Dan-agundi, revealed this when he received the Executives of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) Kano State Correspondent Chapel.
According to him, any defaulter found guilty, especially some minor offences can be punished through the community service anywhere across the state.
“You know, one of the challenges we face is that when you arrest some of these traffic offenders, they will tell you that they don’t have money. KAROTA is not a revenue generation agency although, what we are really after is for road users to maintain traffic laws.
“So, we want to introduce this community services as a way of punishment so that when you say you don’t have money to pay your fine, you will be assigned to do a community service commiserate with the gravity of traffic offence you committed.”
According to him, the Agency has sensitised the public on how to avoid minor traffic offences that usually cause unnecessary gridlock and accidents, which in most cases lead to loss of human lives.
He further explained that KAROTA had arrested and secured the conviction of over 5000 traffic offenders within one month in the state through the traffic offences Mobile Court.
Dan-agudi said their offences ranged from wrong parking, reckless driving, receiving/making calls while driving, speeding, among other related traffic offences.
He further stated that, “as a result of the measures we put in place, since I came in as the Managing Director of KAROTA, the rate of accidents within Kano metropolis has dropped by over 70 per cent.
”This is not a fabricated data. The facts are there even in our hospitals. When I visited some of the hospitals within the state, they confirmed this to me.
”Because this feat is due to the re-orientation of our staff who are now fully motivated to work for the interest of the people and our dear Kano state.”
He added that: “to tell you that even the road users are now conscious of the traffic laws. By June this year for instance, we were getting about N5.5 million as fines from traffic offenders, but in July, we were able to receive only N2 million as fine from traffic offenders.”
According to him, this was as a result of measures put in place by the agency, adding that “this is to tell you that the road users are now abiding by the traffic laws, rules and regulations.”
The KAROTA boss, however, called on Kano residents and road users to always obey traffic laws, saying that “because it is human life we are talking about here.
”If all of us do what is right while on the road, KAROTA will have less work to do and the society will be better for it.” (NAN)
Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz
KAROTA confiscates fake drugs, injections worth N20m
The Kano State Road Traffic Agency (KAROTA) says it has confiscated over 150 cartons of unregistered drugs and injections worth over N20 million.
The drug is suspected to be Potwin and 30 cartons of Janify Caftarian injection allegedly smuggled into the state by some suspected drug peddlers.
The Managing Director of the agency, Baffa Danagundi disclosed this in a statement issued to newsmen on Friday in Kano, by the Public Relations Officer, Nabilus Abubakar.
According to Danagundi, the suspected Potwin and Janify Caftarian injection were confiscated during a special operation by the KAROTA officials.
“We confiscated over 150 cartons of Potwin injections which are manufactured specially for surgery in hospitals and often misused by drug abusers, and also 30 cartons of Janify Caftarian injections worth over N20 million.
“Two suspects were arrested during the operation; however, the agency would not relent in the fight against illegal importation and stocking of unregistered drugs and expired food items.’’
The KAROTA boss said the agency would continue to fight against spread of dangerous hard drugs and would continue to arrest and prosecute offenders.
According to Danagundi, the two suspects were handed over to the committee on fake drugs under the state Ministry of Health, which KAROTA is a member.
He promised that the agency would reward anybody that brings genuine information about such illegal acts to KAROTA, adding that the identity of such informants would be fully shielded.
Danagundi, therefore, urged the general public to provide useful information to the agency to arrest and prosecute offenders.
Edited By: Celine-Damilola Oyewole/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)
KAROTA seizes 1,800 bags of fake flour powder in Kano
The Managing Director, Kano State Road Traffic Agency (KAROTA), Alhaji Baffa Dan-Aguńdi says the agency has seized 1,800 bags of fake and expired flour at Singer Market in Kano.
Dan-Agundi who disclosed this while addressing newsmen, displayed the exhibits on Wednesday in his office in Kano.
He said that the seized flour was equivalent to three trucks containing 600 bags each.
“Some of our informants informed us about the fake flour and our men immediately embarked on operation where we discovered the 1,800 bags with the name ‘CHOKE’ written on the bags.”
Dan-Agundi explained that the fake flour products were to be sold to the public for consumption, which he said was dangerous to the health of the people.
He said that the operation was carried out with an order from the court, adding that the seized product was now under the custody of the state Consumer Protection Agency.
“Therefore, i assure you that anyone we caught in such an act, we are going to arrest that person and hand him over to the appropriate authority for prosecution.
“There is a suspect in connection with this issue that ran away, he is a well-known person in the state, and we are doing everything possible to arrest him. We already have one suspect who was arrested and handed over to the police,” he said.
Dan-Agundi called on the public to always inform relevant agencies like National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration, Consumer Protection Council and the Police whenever they suspect such criminal act.
According to him, the agency offers rewards for such information.
Edited By: Gregg Mmaduakolam/Maharazu Ahmed
Covid-19: Kano traffic agency arrests 350 persons for overloading
The Kano state Road Traffic Agency (KAROTA), said on Monday that no fewer than 350 persons were arrested for violating the recent order given to commercial drivers in the state.
The order was for them to reduce their passenger load from four to two persons per seat.
The Public Relations Officer of the agency, Mr Nabilusi Abubakar, gave the information to News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Kano saying that 35 vehicles were also intercepted.
NAN reports that recently Kano state government ordered all commercial vehicle drivers to reduce the number of passengers they usually carried and tricycle riders should carry only two passengers.
NAN also reports that the order is aimed at reducing the spread of Coronavirus pandemic in the state.
According to Abubakar, the people arrested were forced to go back to where they came from, while the vehicle owners will be taken to court after the lockdown.
He further explained that since the commencement of the lockdown, no tricycle operator was arrested for violating the instruction.
Similarly, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Kano Sector Command, also told NAN that the Corps had intercepted 59 commercial vehicles for violating the government self-distancing order to reduce overloading.
Mr Zubairu Mato, the Sector Commander of the FRSC, Kano Sector Command, said this on Monday in Kano.
Mato explained that the command after intercepting the vehicles charged each of them to pay N50,000 for violating the order.
According to him, since after the arrests, the issue of violating the order has reduced, and we have not recorded any arrest again.
“I can tell you that we have recorded 99 per cent-free overloading.
“So far, during the lockdown, the command has not recorded any case of violating the order, because we have deployed officers to enforce the order.
“We deployed eight officers, on shift bases, to each of the 17 borders we have in Kano and within the town we have 238 officers working tirelessly to enforce the lockdown order.
According to him, during the lockdown, the command recorded an accident on Kano-Wudil road, which led to the death of 18 persons.
Edited By: Gregg Mmaduakolam/Donald Ugwu (NAN)
COVID-19: Kano traffic agency tasks commercial drivers on passenger limits
Nabilusi Abubakar, the Public Relations Officer of the Agency, made the call in a statement on Tuesday in Kano.
Abubakar said that the state government had fixed new passenger limits for commercial drivers after a recent meeting with KAROTA, the state transport ministry and other relevant stakeholders.
He said the new order was a review of the earlier position adopted by the Agency in the face of the Coronavirus outbreak in the state.
The Agency’s spokesman said that commercial tricycle operators would henceforth convey only two passenger while taxi drivers would convey two passengers at the rear and one passenger at the front seat.
“Commercial buses are to convey only two passengers in a seat and one at the front, this order applies also to commercial vehicles conveying passengers from the city to rural areas.
“Vans, trucks and tippers conveying goods and services are to carry only one person beside the driver while conveying such goods,” he said.
Abubakar noted that passengers on board such vehicles and the drivers must wear face masks, and hand sanitizers made available to the passengers.
He added that the Agency would adopt effective monitoring measures to ensure compliance with the order.
“Leaders of the affected unions have agreed to work with the agency and security operatives, violation of the order will not be tolerated.
“The state government is determined to curtail the spread of the Coronavirus in the state, it will not spare anyone who tries to jeopardize the health of the public,” he said.
Edited By: Azubuike Okeh/Rabiu Sani Ali (NAN)
Lock-down: Kano transport agency impounds 35 vehicles
Kano State Road Traffic Agency (KAROTA), says it has impounded 35 vehicles over violation of the restriction on movement of persons on the state’s boundaries following the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Nabilusi Abubakar, Public Relations Officer of KAROTA, made the disclosure in a statement on Sunday in Kano.
Abubakar said that the vehicles, which were impounded at various entry points into the state, were transporting passengers in defiance to the restriction order.
He disclosed that the Agency had also uncovered various routes used by defaulting motorists to access Kano from other states.
“A total of 350 passengers coming into the state from neighbouring states were prevented from entering Kano State and asked to return to where they came from.
“The impounded vehicles are currently under the custody of KAROTA, awaiting further directives from the state government on the next line of action,” he said.
The statement quoted Dr Baffa Dan-Agundi, Managing Director of the Agency, as reiterating KAROTA’s commitment to enforcing compliance with the restriction order; warning that defaulters would be sanctioned.
While urging people to comply with the order, Abubakar noted that the measure was necessary to prevent spread of COVID-19 in the state.
Edited By: Nyisom Fiyigon Dore
Boundary Closure : Gov. Ganduje monitors compliance, orders arrest of defaulters
Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state on Monday visited the boarder linking Kano and Kaduna states to monitor compliance to the total ban on movement of vehicles into the state.
Ganduje, who was accompanied by personnel of Kano Road Traffic Maintenance Agency ( KAROTA ) turned some of the defaulters back and also ordered arrest and prosecution of some of them.
The defaulters caught were in different commercial vehicles at different locations coming into the state.
Speaking to newsmen shortly after the inspection, the governor said that he was at the boundary to monitor level of compliance.
“We are here to see how people are complying with the directive we gave for boundary closure. Those that you are seeing are from Madalla in Abuja.
“All of them were not screened to ascertain their health condition and more so, there is directive banning such movement.
“These people you are seeing will all be taken to Police stations and they will be prosecuted for such unpatriotic behaviour,” he said.
Ganduje assured that more security personnel would be deployed to all the affected routes linking the state with other states, not only from Kaduna-Abuja axis.
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Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Maharazu Ahmed
COVID-19: KNSG enforces border closure midnight, March 27
Dr Baffa Dan-Agundi, Managing Director, Kano State Road Traffic Authority (KAROTA), made the disclosure at a press conference, on Friday in Kano.
Dan-Agundi disclosed that the measures were part of resolutions of the Kano State Security Committee meeting presided by Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje, on Thursday, March 26.
He said that the committee deliberated extensively on precautionary measures against the pandemic.
It also deliberated on how to prevent persons infected with the virus from accessing entry or moving out of the state through land borders and airport.
Dan-Agundi, who is also a member of the committee, said the measure was imperative to safeguard public health and protect people against the virus.
He said: “Nobody is allowed to come into Kano State through its borders or to go out through its borders to neighbouring states.
“No vehicle whether private vehicles or passengers will be allowed entry into Kano State as from 12 midnight of Friday, March 27.
“However, items allowed in or out of the state include food items, raw materials for factories, petroleum products, drugs, medical equipment, textile materials and general goods for transaction between Kano and other states.
“Only the driver and his assistant are certify to enter Kano State with the goods.
“If you transport raw materials and at the same time convey passengers you will be denied entry and ask to go back.
“Also, drivers transporting goods will not be granted passage out of the state if found conveying passengers”.
Dan-Agundi said teams of security personnel, comprising the Police, Nigeria Customs, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and Nigeria Immigration Service (NCS) would enforce compliance.
According to him, others such as KAROATA, Hisbah Board, personnel of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and health workers will also be deployed to enforce compliance with restriction order in eight major routes in the state.
Dan-Agundi noted that the state government had provided adequate equipment to facilitate screening of drivers of vehicles conveying goods at the borders or passengers at airport, adding that suspected case would be isolated for proper medical attention.
He said that intra-city movement of persons and business activities would not be affected as the state scales up campaign activities, while effective modalities had been put in place to monitor the situation.
The Managing Director of KAROTA urged the people to support government efforts to contain spread of the virus, observe precautionary measures, maintain good personal hygiene and pray for an end to the pandemic.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that membership of the Kano Security Committee is made up of the state governor, his deputy, police, military and other paramilitary organizations as well as community leaders.
The state government had earlier set up a task force committee on the pandemic, closed schools, sports and event centres as well as encouraged people to practice social distancing to prevent spread of COVID-19.
Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Maureen Atuonwu
COVID-19 : Kano Govt. orders closure of land borders
Kano State Government has ordered the closure of land borders and routes linking the state to other parts of the country with effect from Friday, March 27, to contain the spread of Coronavirus pandemic.
Chief Press Secretary to the Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje, made the disclosure in a statement on Wednesday in Kano.
Anwar said that movements coming in and out of the state were banned
beginning from 12:00 a.m. Friday, March 27, 2020.
“This includes all kinds of movements through the borders of the state, even those coming to Kano through Domestic Wing of Malam Aminu Kano International Airport will remain at the airport, without getting access into the city.
“We urge Kano citizens and all other Nigerians to bear with this difficult situation”.
According to him, land boarders will be shut while government ensure close monitoring of the situation to keep the people abreast of development.
Anwar said that the police, members of the Kano Road Transport Authority (KAROTA), Hisbah and other security agencies were mobilised to enforce compliance with the border closure.
The governor’s aid reiterated government commitment to adopt proactive measures to safeguard public health and protect the people against the virus.
“People should maintain a high personal hygiene, practice regular hand washing with soap under running water and ensure application of sanitisers,” the statement said.
The statement further urged
people to stay away from going to markets unless for essential needs and cooperate with security agencies. (
Edited By: Rabiu Sani Ali
COVID-19: Kano ministries synergise on awareness creation
Dr Ibrahim Tsanyawa, the Commissioner for Health, made the disclosure at a joint press conference on Wednesday in Kano.
Tsanyawa said the ministries had synergised and embarked on elaborate campaign to educate the people on the symptoms and preventive tips of the pandemic.
He said: “We have extended outreach to public domains and other strategic locations in urban and rural areas of the state.
“We are working with unions such as National Association of Transport Owners (NATO), National Union of Road Transport Workers of Nigeria (NURTW) and Kano Road Traffic Authority (KAROTA) in the campaign.
“Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) as well as super markets in the state”.
“The campaign aims to educate the people on the importance of collective responsibility in preventing the disease from coming to us since the Minister of Health confirmed that there are few cases of the virus in the country,” he said.
Also speaking, the Commissioner for Information, Muhammed Garba, said such collaboration was imperative to facilitate successful campaign to contain spread of the disease in the state.
Garba said: “It is our responsibility to inform and we mobilise the media to create awareness and educate the people on preventive measures to protect themselves”.
He reiterated commitment of the state government to enhance quality healthcare service delivery and educate the people on preventive tips against communicable diseases as well as promote healthy habit.
The commissioner advised the people on the importance of hand washing and using face masks to prevent contracting diseases.
Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Rabiu Sani Ali
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