Kano has launched electric tricycles for women riders in a joint venture between Links, an economic growth hub in northern Nigeria, and Sterling Bank. The tricycles, which are solely driven by women and will only carry women passengers, were introduced in a ceremony where Group Head of Non-Interest Banking and Strategy at Sterling Bank, Garba Muhammad, announced that 100 tricycles had been purchased for the initiative. Eighty-five women have been selected as beneficiaries and will pay for the tricycles over the next three years through a free-interest loan. The initiative cost about 200 million Naira and Kano has been chosen as the pilot state for the project.
To support the initiative, 30 women have been employed as mechanics, and a charging station has been set up. The tricycle battery can last for up to 48 hours after charging.
During the launch event, the Chairman of the Kano Council of Ulama, Sheikh Ibrahim Khalil, urged the women to ride the tricycles with modesty and composure and to avoid recklessness, which is often associated with male riders. The Islamic cleric also advised them to avoid overloading the tricycles