General News of Tuesday, 13 January 2015
Transport Minister Dzifa Attivor has described as “alarming” the fact that 150 buses of the Metro Mass Transport Company’s 800 fleet are out of order and thus dormant.
“If you have a fleet of about 800 or so and 150 of them [are] not on the road, it’s quite alarming.
“So we hope to straighten all this so that they will be able to use – if not all – sufficient number of the buses that have been parked,” Attivor told Morning Starr’s Kafui Dey on Tuesday.
Workers of the company went on an industrial strike on Monday over this and other problems but called it off after an intervention by the Transport Minister.
They are demanding the dismissal of the Board Chairman and Deputy Managing Directors over the issue. They have also accused the two management members of being complicit in the missing of 12 buses of the Company’s fleet.
According to them, Board Chairman Osabarima Ansah Sasraku III and Deputy MD, John Awuku Dzuazah must step aside for independent investigations to be conducted into the missing buses saga.
The MMT was a pro-poor policy introduced to provide safe public transportation to Ghanaians at a relatively low cost. It has, however, been bedeviled by problems every now and then. Monday’s strike was the latest in a streak of issues confronting the operation of the MMT.
The Transport Ministry has set up a committee to investigate the various concerns of the workers towards solving the problems at the company.