Fuel Crisis Affects Metro Mass Operations

FROM EmmanuelOpoku, Takoradi

FROM EmmanuelOpoku, Takoradi

The fuel shortage that has hit the Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis for the past few days has adversely affected the operations of the Metro Mass Transport in the Western Region.

Due to the current fuel shortage in the region, Metro Mass Transport is at present operating only 10 percent of its 87 fleet of buses operating in the region.

The Western regional capital of Sekondi-Takoradi has been hit with fuel shortage for the past weeks, forcing a mad rush for few gallons of the product in the region.

Some of the fuel filling stations DAILY GUIDE visited at the Takoradi Market Circle, Sekondi, Essikadu, Apremdo and Kwesimintsim; the fuel attendants confirmed the shortage.

The visit also revealed that local fishermen were also struggling to get supplies of premix fuel for their operations.

The situation has compelled the Western Regional Offices of the Metro Mass Transport to park most of the vehicles because the company can no longer get fuel to operate them.

Speaking to journalists, Kignsley Adjei Mensah, Western Regional Depot Manager of the Metro Mass Transport, noted that the fuel shortage is having a toll on the company’s operations in the region.

‘For the past three weeks, we have not been able to operate at out full strength even though we have buses ready,’ he stressed.

He stated that the situation was worrying and discouraging as only 10 percent of the buses in the region are in operation as a result of the fuel shortage.

‘As at 9:00am yesterday, we were supposed to make about five buses to Kumasi, but because of the fuel shortage we were struggling to get two buses to Kumasi as at that time,’ he noted.

He pointed out that most of the buses also going to Juaboso and Sefwi Wiawso had also been parked due to the shortage.

Mr Mensah indicated that Ghana Oil is a major stakeholder and that even though Metro Mass Transport had paid money to the fuel supplying company, his outfit is yet to get the product.

He, however, called on the travelling public to continue to have confidence in Metro Mass Transport as it is ready to offer quality in the transport service which is second to none.

Meanwhile, some commercial drivers who spoke to DAILY GUIDE have urged the government to put measures in place to forestall the situation in order to avoid public outcry.

FROM Emmanuel Opoku, Takoradi

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