The Microfinance and Small Loans Center (MASLOC) has officially handed-over 33-seater buses numbering 83 to the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU)
The buses purchased by government is to improve the transport system of the country through the GPRTU.
The handing over which took place at the forecourt of the Parliament of Ghana forms part of government initiatives to adequately enhance and improve the transport system in the country.
Speaking to beneficiaries, the Chief of Staff, Akosua Frema Osei-Opare acknowledged the efforts of government,MASLOC and other stakeholders for purchasing these buses in the quest to improve the transport services in the country.
With regards to the cost of the buses, the chief of staff noted that, the prices of these buses has been subsidized by 53.5 percent hence reducing the initial cost from Ghc 7,550.00 to GHc 3, 238.00 through the intervention of the Ministry of Finance and MASLOC.
This, she says this is as a result of government’s committment to support and promote transportation in the country.
“This indicates government’s preparedness to assist the population and GPRTU as well support those in the transportation business. ” she added.
On his part, the Minister of Transport, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah reiterated that, the handing-over of the 83- 33 seater buses proves how government is concerned to improve the capacity of transport operators for them to be able to provide affordable and reliable public transportation services to the populace across the country.
“Roads and transport continues to remain the dominant mode of transport and accounting for over 95 percent of transport services in this country.” he noted.
He, however indicated that due to the poor nature and ageing of most public transport vehicles, passengers feel uncomfortable, hence government has therefore decided to take appropriate steps to resource GPRTU with new buses and as well expand the road sector through infrastructure development.
Stating “this intervention is intended to enhance the capacity of operators to increase its fleet of buses thereby strengthening them to provide reliable, safe and affordable road transport services”.
He used the ocassion to urge the management of GPRTU to adhere to the maintenance schedules to ensure that the buses attain their useful economic life span as well as generate revenue to repay the facility.
Addin his voice to the two dignitires, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MASLOC, Stephen Amoah highlighted the numerous achievements of the financial institution.
This he said has been possible through the introduction of new ideas and mindsets hence the transformation of the institution.
“The most important factors in any competitive organization is its ability to develop the right mindset, muscles and mettle.” he hinted.
He therefore commended the President, government appointees and stakeholders who havecplayed and continue to contribute immensely towards MASLOC purpose of establishment.
Story By: Ishmael Barfi