President of the Student’s Representative Council of the University of Ghana, Sylvester Amoako has stated that his administration will not hesitate in leading the entire students body in a demonstration “if management does not end RSTC’s reign of terror by allowing our buses back unto the road.”
Since the commencement of the 2018/2019 academic year, one issue that has bedeviled the students body is the issue of shuttling.
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.
However, what appeared to be a sweet relationship between the university and RSTC soon turned bitter as the former begun lamenting on its inability to break even.
According to RSTC, since it entered an agreement with the university, it has struggled to make profits.
This led them to increase the shuttle fare from an initial GHC 1.00 to GHC 1.50.
However, agitations from students and subsequent meetings between RSTC and the SRC, ahead of the academic year saw the shuttle fare return back to GHC 1.00.
Unfortunately, few weeks into the academic year, RSTC reduced their buses from 10 and 3.
In an engagement with the CEO of the RSTC, Mr. Godfred Akyea-Darkwah, he revealed that the decision to reduce the buses was unilateral although he had agreed with the SRC to still make 10 buses available for students regardless of the downward review of the shuttle fare.
Subsequently, the SRC, in a bid ensure that students especially at the Diaspora halls do not suffer from RSTC’s “terror”, introduced some buses for shuttling purposes.
In an interesting turn of events, university management ordered the new transport operators to vacate the university campus.
In a recent development, President of the SRC, Sylvester Amoako has vowed to “lead a peaceful demonstration if management does not end RSTC’s reign of terror by allowing our buses back unto the road”
In a statement released Friday evening, Sylvester Amoako explained the “sudden disappearance of the three buses acquired by the SRC to curb the shuttle crisis in the Diaspora.
According to him, PDMSD had stated that there have been procedural breaches in engaging the transport service,
Sylvester Amoako further called on the student body to “keep their calm as all procedural righteousness were being filled.”
He added that “RSTC disrespected the SRC and the entire Student Body when failed to provide the agreed 10 buses and provided just three, which has caused a lot of suffering on campus.
Below is the statement for the SRC