250 MMT Buses Grounded

OUT of 1,019 buses in the custody of the Metro Mass Transit Limited (MMT), only 750 are operational, the Minister for Transport, Mrs Dzifa Attivor told Parliament yesterday.

About 270 of them according to her, had been grounded due to various reasons including poor maintenance and bad road infrastructure in some parts of the country.

The minister made these known when she appeared before the House to tell members when the MMT services would be extended to Adaklu Waya, the district capital of Adaklu.

The MMT Company Limited was established to provide reliable and affordable means of transport to commuters in the villages, cities, as well as intercity movement.

It replaced the Ominibus Service Authority (OSA) which was established in 1927 but divested in 1995.

The MMT was officially incorporated in 2003 in the metropolitan and municipal areas to ensure safe, affordable, efficient and reliable transport of commuters.

The initial shareholders included the State Insurance Company (SIC), National Investment Bank (NIB), Ghana Oil Company (GOIL), Agricultural Development Bank (ADB), Prudential Bank, and the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT).

The institutions together held 55 per cent shareholding with the

government holding the remaining 45 per cent shares.

Mrs. Attivor said the company had developed a five- year strategic plan in order aimed at improving on the services being rendered to the public and added that the key element of the plan was the expansion of bus services to all district capitals by 2015.

She told the House that a loan agreement would be presented to Parliament for consideration and approval for the acquisition of 200 new buses to augment the existing fleet.

The minister said a team would visit the Adaklu District next month to conduct feasibility studies and upon completion, bus services would commence from the district capital to Ho, Aflao, and Accra.   By Yaw Kyei 

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