The Metro Mass Transit Limited (MMTL) has received 45 new VDL buses to boost its fleet.
At the presentation ceremony at the forecourt of the State House, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said his administration was committed to ensuring that MMTL got back to the path of profitability.
“The presence of an efficient transportation system is a vital contributor to the economy and as President of the Republic, I made it a priority to relaunch the Metro Mass transport system in the regional capitals through sustained investments in infrastructure and services,” President Akufo-Addo said.
He said as part of plans to ensure MMTL remained commercially viable, the Belgian government, which was part of the initial set up of the MMTL 17 years ago, had agreed to a 5-year support plan that would guarantee an annual supply of buses to MMTL over the period.
“I am informed that the Belgian government has extended yet another concessionary financing for the acquisition of 40 buses every year for the next 5 years to augment further the fleet of the country,” Akufo-Addo said.
“This is truly timely and I urge all players to work assiduously as we seek to revamp fully, the operations of Metro Mass Transit Limited” he added.
The Minister of Transport, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, charged the management and staff of the Metro Mass Transit Limited, to ensure that they put in place an effective maintenance services plan to ensure that it keeps its fleet constantly in business.
“The culture of maintenance should not be lost on us as these buses are commissioned into service. I wish to appeal to the board, management and staff of Metro Mass Transit Limited, particularly, the technicians and drivers to handle these buses with uttermost care” the Transport Minister, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah said.
“These are huge investments that the government is making, and the only way you can demonstrate that the investment is worthwhile is to ensure that these buses go beyond their lifespan for the people of this country to have the full benefit of the cost that we are putting in to acquire these buses” he added.
Metro Mass Transit Ltd was incorporated in March 2003 as a limited liability company under the Ghana Companies Code (1963) Act 179.
Rex Mainoo Yeboah, ISD