STC Flourishing; Kasoa, Madina, Pokuase to Get New Terminals

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The State Transport Company (STC) seem to be flourishing under the leadership of Nana Akomea, a former National Communications’ Director of the NPP as its Managing director.

With a total movement of just four buses per day, the state transport company now does about 19 buses to Kumasi from Accra and about 15buses from Kumasi to Accra daily.
This is due to the prudent measures put in place by the new management of the company.

With about 100 new buses ready to start operation, the company is ready to establish new terminals to serve people in areas such as Pokuase, Kasoa and Madina.

According to the MD, Nana Akomea, but for the current shortage of buses, the company would have started operations from these locations long ago to augment the traveling woes of Ghanaians.

Speaking on Metro Tv’s Good Morning Ghana on Tuesday, 8th January, 2019, Nana Akomea stated that when he took over as the MD for the company, the company operated only four buses a day to Kumasi. This according to Nana Akomea was due to the location of its terminals. To curb the challenge, he stated that management made moves to establish terminals at Kwame Nkrumah circle and Asafo Interchange in Kumasi where a lot of travelers pick their cars.

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He stated that this has helped the company in terms of number of buses moving in a day.

Freddy Blay Buses
Speaking on the Freddy Blay buses that were supposed to be managed by the STC for the various constituencies of the ruling New Patriotic party, Nana Akomea stated that Mr. Freddy Blay is now looking for money to clear the buses from the port. He said when the buses are cleared and all documentation processes done, they will be used to serve people who travel from Kumasi to other part of the Bono and Ahafo Regions.

Debt Payment
Nana Akomea added that his administration inherited huge debt which he is trying to pay. He said that the company inherited a debt of $16million being cost of 50 buses purchased by the John Mahama administration for the company without paying for it. He stated that though over the years government has been buying buses for state transport companies, his administration is paying for the 50buses bought by the John Mahama administration.

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It will be recalled that in September 2017, STC paid $700,000 to government to defray part of the loan for buses which were bought. Later in March 2018, STC  presented $1,000,000 to the government as the second tranche of payment for the 50 buses bringing the total payment to $1,700,000.

Aside payment for the 50buses, Nana Akomea revealed that, there were no payments of SSNIT for staff of the company for the eight years. He stated that, for the eight years SSNIT debt, the company has so far paid GHC74,000 to defray part of the debt whiles GHC70,000 has also been paid for the past two years for the current 500 staff of the company.

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Currently, the company is making a profit of GHC5.8million a month and has introduced facilities such as free wifi and breakfast to make commuters who patronize the services of the company comfortable.

Challenges
Nana Akomea admitted the company is having some challenges including some sort of driver insorbordination, ticket attenders courtesy issues among few others but added that management is working to find solutions to some of these challenges.

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