Metro Mass Transit: TOO MANY Accidents – TOO MANY Deaths
The recent fatal road accident involving a metro mass transit bus on Wednesday 17th of February, 2016 is one too many. So far over 60 people are reported dead and several others injured as a result of the accident involving a Metro Mass Transit (MMT) bus and a truck on the Kintampo – Tamale road.
We send our deepest condolences to those who have lost loved ones and family members in this accident.
But I dare say that sending condolences as everyone is doing, including the MMT company, President of the Republic of Ghana and other authorities is definitely not enough. What’s needed right now is how to find a lasting solution to the needless deaths that occur daily on our roads.
In particular, the activities of MMT Buses on our roads definitely need much to be desired – there have simply been TOO MANY accident cases involving buses from Metro Mass Transit Ltd.
We are appalled that things haven’t changed as at now considering the number of accident cases these buses have been involved in. So the big question is, how long shall we look on whilst people die for no good reason? well, as far as we are concerned things cannot continue the way they are. We want to see changes in the operations of this company as far as safety and respect human lives are concerned.
According to information on their website, MMT was incorporated in March 2003 as a Limited Liability Company under (Companies code 1963 Act. 179) to Provide SAFE, affordable, efficient and reliable movement of commuters within metropolitan and municipal areas. Unfortunately, the safe aspect of their mission seems to be tragically missing.
We call on management of MMT to take a second look at the kind of training being given to drivers of these metro mass buses. We want all drivers at the MMT retrained and reoriented in terms of requisite driving skills and respect for people’s lives.
We also call on government to ensure Public Transport Drivers are the very best of all drivers in the country in order to give real meaning to our right to life.
ROSEMARY KAYI (EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR – STAND GHANA INC. – Advocates for Human Rights and Social Justice)