Students Representative Council of the University of Ghana will later today hold an emergency press conference to give an official response to a revelation from the Chief Executive Officer of the Road Safety and Transport Consultancy Limited (RSTC), Mr. Godfred Akyea-Darkwah that the availability of just two buses to assist students to move about campus is deliberate.
Earlier today, Mr. Akyea-Darkwah stated that his outfit, since partnering with the university to provide shuttling service to the students, has been running at losses.
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.
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 from GHC 1.50 to GHC 1.00 with RSTC’s management agreeing to still make available 10 buses.
However, in an interview with the RSTC CEO, he made claims that the agreement was imposed on him by “propagandist students” but speaking with the President of the Students Representative Council, Mr. Sylvester Amoako, on our major news Bulletin Amanee, he maintained that RSTC agreed to accept GHC 1 per board with the same 10 buses.
“We met the management of RSTC and we had series of meetings before we finally met in the office of the Dean of Students. We agreed that the shuttle will go for GHC 1.00 per board for the same 10 buses. We had the management agree to this and we said we were going to pilot this” Sylvester indicated.
…they wanted SRC to step in and encourage students to take up their tickets of which I set up a transport committee and my vice Adom Anorkwah issued a communique in that regard only for us to come to know we have just two buses in operation. Enquiries told us eight of the buses had broken down but further inquiries and reports from Radio Univers has shown that it is a hard stance taken by the management of the RSTC” he added
Sylvester Amoako further stated that his administration was not ready to upwardly adjust the shuttle fare hence, may consider hiring the services of another transport company.
Mr. Amoako also called for calm among the students as he assured the student body that his administration was working in their interest.
We are likely to hold a press conference this evening with all JCR presidents. We want to encourage all students to stay put and SRC will continue to stand in for the interest of all students.
The University of Ghana in 2015, entered into a Public Private Partnership with the Road Safety and Transport Consultancy (RSTC) Limited to enable staff and students have better and easy access to facilities on campus as the buses would ply various major routes on campus.