Chief Executive Officer of the Road Safety and Transport Consultancy Limited (RSTC), Mr. Godfred Akyea-Darkwah has revealed that the decision to accept GHC 1.00 as shuttle fare was forced on his outfit by “student propagandists” of the University of Ghana.
This revelation comes after he explained his rational behind the use of just two buses for shuttling services as opposed to the 10 agreed with the Students Representative Council.
Students of the University of Ghana, since the commencement of the 2018/2019 academic year, have lamented over the inadequacy of buses for their transport needs within the campus of the university.
Responding to the concerns of the students, 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”
Mr. Akyea-Darkwah said that the reduction of the shuttle fares was imposed on his outfit at the negotiation meeting with the Students Representative Council prior to the commencement of the academic year.
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.
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.