Luxury Bus operation banned in Kano,Traders count losses

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Some traders in Kano, especially those who travel to the southern part of the country for their business, have lamented the restraining order placed on the operations of luxurious buses in the state.

The Kano Road and Traffic Agency, popularly known as KAROTA, had earlier directed the luxurious owners to relocate from the Sabon Gari Park to Unguwa Uku Motor Park, but the Luxurious Bus Association refused to comply with the directive.

This prompted the agency to go to court with a prayers seeking to ban luxurious buses operation in the state.

A Chief Magistrate Court in Kano on Wednesday later ordered all commercial luxurious buses to stop operating in the state pending the hearing of motion on notice.

One of the traders, Mr Uchendu Okonkwo, who deals in water pumping machines and other plumbing material at Sabon Gari Market, said the court order had really affected his business as he had planned to travel to Lagos on Thursday but could not make it following the order.

“I had planned to go to Lagos by luxurious bus to purchase some things but unfortunately when I reached the park at Unguwa Uku, it was closed,” Okonkwo said.

According to him, many traders who had wanted to travel to the east today were stranded as a result of the suspension placed on the operations of the buses.

Another trader, who simply gave his name as Anthony, said the suspension on the operations of the luxurious buses had taken him by surprise as he planned to travel to Aba to bring the electronic appliances he ordered last week.

“I’m really saddened with the court order because I don’t know what to do now. I have to incur additional expenses if I have to travel by other commercial vehicles,” he said.

He, however, called on the Kano State Government to intervene to save travellers from going through a tough time in carrying out their businesses.