COVID-19: KAROTA warns drivers against transporting human
By Habibullah Ibrahim Abdullahi
Sequel to the recent decision by Kano State Government to shutdown all its borders and prohibit movement of persons from other states into Kano and vice versa, the Managing Director of the state Road and Traffic Agency (KAROTA), Hon. Baffa Babba Dan’agundi has warned that any vehicle conveying goods to the state but found carrying passengers would be impounded and the driver would be prosecuted.
This was contained in a statement signed by spokesperson of the agency, Nabilusi Abubakar Kofar Na’isa and made available to The Triumph yesterday.
According to the release, the agency has observed that drivers are violating the order which was aimed at preventing the outbreak of the covid-19 pandemic in the state.
The statement warned: “Henceforth, owners of goods coming into the state are directed to send along with the driver an agent who will ensure that drivers conveying their goods do not carry passengers, as any vehicle conveying goods and passengers will be impounded and the goods confiscated.”
It added that: “Truck owners are also urged to warn their drivers to comply with the state government directives and desist from conveying people to the state until when the state government deems it safe to reopen its borders for the movement of people.
“KAROTA has been given the mandate to ensure that no driver shall be allowed to transport people into the state or from other parts of the country as efforts are being made to curtail the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in the country and no defaulter will be spared, just as those who have already been arrested will be charged to court,” the statement stressed.