Students of the University of Ghana may have to brace themselves to either reconsider their decision of paying GHC 1 as shuttle fare or continue facing the transportation challenges on campus.
This is because, the Chief Executive Officer of the Road Safety and Transport Consultancy Limited (RSTC), Mr. Godfred Akyea-Darkwah has disclosed that the availability of just two buses as shuttle for students on is deliberate.
According to him, his company, in the last two years of offering shuttling services to the students of the university, has been running at losses.
Speaking on Campus Exclusive today, Mr. Akyea-Darkwah maintained that he could not afford to continue running at losses, hence the unilateral decision to make available two buses for the thousands of students of the nation’s premier university.
“I have deployed only two buses to work and about ten other buses are on standby….when we were charging GHC 1.50 per board,at the end of the year, we make huge losses and the student propagandists said we should reduce it to GHC 1.00 per board which is woefully inadequate and we cannot meet the rising expenses of the shuttle.” he said.
It would be recalled that ahead of the commencement of the 2018/2019 academic year, the Students Representative Council and the management of RSTC, at a negotiation agreed to revise shuttle fees.
The agreement, led to the reduction of shuttle fares from GHC 1.50 to GHC 1.00.
However, Mr. Akyea-Darkwah said that the reduction of the shuttle fares was imposed on his outfit at the meeting.
He further stated that after a month, he would submit a report to the office of the Dean of students for him to understand the level of losses he was making.
“…we are using two buses to try for a month to see the extent of losses that we are accruing to the company then we furnish the Dean of Students our report for him to appreciate the fact that it cannot be done for GHC 1.00 per board” he stated.
On a suggestion that his company exits from the contract with the university considering the level of losses RSTC was recording, he said that “the decision to leave or stay is mine and the decision for the students to bring other alternatives is theirs and I cannot prevent the student or school management to do whatever will help the school”
Reacting to the news, students of the university have expressed their utmost disappointment atthe transport company and have asked the SRC to, as a matter of urgency, end their relationship with RSTC.
“The two buses provided by RSTC is not enough. Our SRC will quickly get us a new transport system. We can’t continue like this” – one student said
Others quizzed the reality of the claims of RSTC that they were making unbearable losses.
“How can RSTC say they are making losses? On campus, they are enjoying monopoly. Their buses are always full. Sometimes, we are made to stand. Never have I seen any of their buses empty. How can they make losses?” another quizzed.
The University of Ghana in 2015, entered into a Public Private Partnership with the Road Safety and Transport Consultancy (RSTC) Limited to will enable staff and students have better and easy access to facilities on campus as the buses would ply various major routes on campus.