Metro Mass Transit boss visits Graphic

The Managing Director of the Metro Mass Transit (MMT) Company Limited, Mr John Noble Appiah, has called for effective collaboration between the MMT and the Graphic Communications Group Limited (GCGL) to strengthen their relationship for mutual benefit.

He made the call when he led a delegation from the MMT to pay a courtesy call on the Editor of the Daily Graphic, Mr Ransford Tetteh  in Accra yesterday. 

According to Mr Appiah, management of the MMT was determined and committed to sustain the company, hence the need for the media, especially the GCGL to support and promote the efforts of the transport company.

Considering the fact that most companies such as the MMT could not sustain their operations in the past, Mr Appiah said with the support of a vibrant medium like the GCGL and the right attitude of the staff of MMT, the company could make a difference.

He added that drivers and the other employees of the company were undergoing re-training and re-orientation to inculcate the right behaviours and attitude in them to promote the transformation and sustainability of the company.

The MMT started with 17 buses in 2002. Currently, it has about 1000 buses while according to the MD, the fleet would be increased to about 1800 buses by 2018.

He said next month, the MMT would launch a five-year strategic plan and commission new tracking systems and ICT- based fuelling systems to monitor the operations and fuelling of the vehicles across the country.

Mr Appiah explained that the fuelling systems had become necessary because large sums of money were spent on fuel so with the new system, management would be able to monitor all fuelling activities from its offices, while the tracking systems would assist to monitor the movement of the vehicles.

He also refuted reports that the MMT workers’ salaries were to be increased by 50 per cent instead of 15 per cent, adding that negotiations were currently on going to firm the collective bargaining agreement.

Mr Appiah asked the workers to disabuse their minds of media reports that he had promised to increase salaries by 50 per cent, saying the company could not sustain that level of pay increases.

In response, Mr Tetteh said the GCGL was ready to partner the MMT to promote the MMT and build it to become a strong organisation which would serve the interest of the nation.

“We will continue to draw your attention to the issues and also bring to light your plight so that the public will also have a better understanding of the issues,” he said.

He expressed concern about the way state-owned business were being run, adding that Ghanaians could manage their own affairs if the right attitude and culture were put in place. 

During an interaction, some senior journalists in the Graphic newsroom pointed to some issues that they felt the MMT management had to take steps to address.

The Political Editor, Mr Kobby Asmah, said the MMT drivers were noted to engage in reckless driving and stressed the organisation was a national asset, therefore, the drivers needed to protect it as much as possible.

The acting Chief Sub-Editor, Ms Rosemary Ardayfio, urged the MMT to consider modernising its system of ticketing in line with what pertaint in the developed world to reduce the incidence of embezzlement by some conductors.

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