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14 July 2016

Commercial drivers threaten to abandon ₵4.5m Achimota bus terminal

achimota terminalCommercial drivers at Achimota, a suburb of Accra, have threatened to abandon the ₵4.5 million bus terminal.

The angry drivers say their daily sales have been largely affected by other commercial drivers who have refused to use the terminal.

These drivers drop off passengers on the road despite several efforts to compel them to use the bus terminal.

The Achimota bus terminal was started by the erstwhile Kufuor-led New Patriotic Party but commissioned in December 2009 by the Evans Atta-Mills-led National Democratic Congress (NDC) to ease congestion on the Accra – Nsawam road which is often heavy between the Apenkwa interchange and Achimota.

The terminal has been designed to accommodate about 800 vehicles. It includes other facilities such as a police station and a clinic, but the drivers say some of their colleagues have abandoned the facility.

They told the members of Parliament’s Select Committee on Roads and Transport that about 50 percent of the cars they have sighted illegally using the roads belong to some police officials – an allegation they have been asked to substantiate.

“If we do our best and the situation does not improve, we will be forced to join them,” one of them told the legislators.

But the members of the Committee encouraged the drivers to put their grievances, well supported with relevant evidence on paper.

A member, Samuel Aye-Paye, particularly told them to get the numbers of the vehicles sighted so far and make them available to the Committee.

When this is done, we will call the MTTU officials and ask them why they have not been able to prosecute any of the arrested drivers, he said.

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