The Greater Accra Regional Chairman of Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU), Emmanuel Nii Ankrah has Commended Microfinance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC) for handing over the 83 buses to the union as a way of boosting the transportation sector.

He said, though they were faced with lots of challenges in the procurement process, the efforts made and ambition to receive the buses has not being thwarted.

He mentioned this during an engagement with ghananewsonline reporter to outline some measures and regulations aligned with the distribution of the buses.

Nii Ankrah explained that, though they were meted with lots of challenges, government was able to meet their needs and wants by providing the union with buses in all the regions to boost transportation system .

He indicated, that out of the 83 buses distributed throughout the country, the Greater Accra region would receive 15 of such buses. He expressed happiness and said, “though the cost of the vehicles are slightly high, it is better they have received them.”

“initially, the cost of the buses was GHc 7,200.00 but through government intervention, it was reduced to GHc 3,200.00 which is good.” he added.

He further indicated that a comprehensive insurance policy has being paid on all the buses, hence, left with individuals to fill the necessary forms to claim ownership.

“though the buses would not be able to solve the transportation problem in the country, its better than none and we’ll use them appropriately to the benefit of all.” he noted.
The re-elected Greater Accra GPRTU chairman also promised to work hard with the executives to transform the transportation system in the region during his second-term in office.

He said, GPRTU is on the verge of training Union Guards that would instill discipline on the road like checking of tyres, improper dressing, rickety vehicles and others in order to limit carnages on the roads.

“We’ll work hard to instill discipline on our roads and in our drivers at the various branches in Accra through education and other means.” he assured.

The GPRTU chairman advised passengers to report any indiscipline and bad attitudes of drivers to the authorities at the transport stations for appropriate action to be taken and urged drivers to be cautious on the road to avoid unnecessary accidents.

Source: Eric Nii Sackey

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