Thursday, 12 January 2017

NSUK Tricycle Riders To Hike Transport Fare

|By: Divinelove Udorji| January 12, 2017

The association of tricycle riders in Nasarawa State University, popularly known as 'Keke Napep' are calling for an increase in their fare due to "high maintenance of their tricycle". The tricycle riders made this known yesterday in a meeting with the Director of NSUK Consult, Dr. Yahaya Adadu and the Dean of Student Affairs represented by Alh. A.B Musa.

The meeting had in attendance Mr. Emmanuel Iselle the Secretary of the tricycle association and Mallam Ramalan Salihu representing the school Security Unit. Also in attendance are Tala Safiyanu Aliyu the President Faculty of Social Sciences Students Association (FOSSSA) his Faculty of Administration and Faculty of Law counterparts, Comrade Sadiq Abdulrazaq Abubakar and Bewo B Sani. 

The call for rise in the fare is citing several factors, including the rise in cost of spare parts of the tricycle, as the tyres of the tricycle have risen from Two Thousand Five Hundred naira (2,500) to Ten Thousand naira (10,000).

The tricycle fare which is N20 is to be raised to N30. The new price regime is hinted to kick off within the next two weeks. 

The Director of NSUK Consult in his response said; "the move to hike the transport fare is not appropriate because of the economic situation.

"Moreover what we decide, even if we accept or reject, the school management has the final say". He added. 

Alh. A.B Musa representing the Dean of Students Affairs also appealed to the tricycle riders to reconsider their stands having in mind the harsh economic situations in the country.
  
The Faculty Presidents also urged the tricycle riders to be considerate in their demands, as there is currently an increment in school fees of which students are struggling to pay. They also urged the tricycle riders to give them one month to consult with their constituents and get back to them.

The tricycle riders in response declined the one month consultation period demanded by the presidents but gave them two weeks to make consultations from their constituents.

You would recall that this issue of hike in transport fare by the tricycle riders has lingered for a very long time, with the three previous meetings ending in a deadlock. The meeting was adjourned by the Director of NSUK Consult to next two weeks Wednesday.

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