Government to privatise management of Aayalolo


Information reaching The Independent suggests that, the Greater Accra Passenger Transport Executive (GAPTE), the legal entity created to manage Urban Transport System has been given up to the end of June 2019 to operationalize the Aayalolo buses.

Our source tells us if by the end of the set time, no improvement is seen in the management of the buses, government will resort to a private entity to takeover. 
In a brief telephone conversation with the Chief Executive Officer of GAPTE, Samson Gyamera, he noted that the buses were working but our checks proved otherwise.
Only 10 out of the 245 buses are operational, while the remaining 235 lie idle.

We also discovered that most of the workers with GAPTE have not been paid for more than year and this is generating tension between management and the workforce. The Independent earlier filed a report of how over 200 of the Aayalolo buses are wasting away at the Achimota Transport Terminal.

Currently, the buses have been left at the mercy of the harsh weather at the premises of the Greater Accra Passenger Transport Executive (GAPTE), Our checks show that, the windscreens of some of these buses are being cracked by the scorching sun, while other parts have started wearing out.

Some of the vehicles have their tyres deflated. We also gathered that some parts of the vehicles’ interior, including cameras, microphones and others had been stolen.
These buses were procured in 2016 as part of government’s effort to implement the urban transport system to improve public transportation. Each of these Marco Polo Low Entry City buses cost Ghana $251,600;making total cost of the buses $61,642,000. It took government more than $80million to develop the infrastructure for the buses to run, bringing the total project sum to $151 million. Out of this, only $7million was a grant from the Global Environmental Fund. The rest are loans.

Background In 2016, President John Mahama commissioned the Urban Transport System, a compromised form of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). Twenty buses were deployed when the Aayalolo bus system started in December 2016 but grew to 68 by September 2018. Aayalolo, in its operation of the 68 buses, has accumulated a debt ofGH¢11.9 million. Currently, it requires an amount of GH¢ 20 million Cedis to restart the operation.