It has been revealed that Ghana government has spent about GHC3, 649,044 on re-branding 116 buses for the Metro Mass Rapid Transit (MMRT) imported to improve the transport system in the country.
The Minority Leader in Parliament, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu made this known on the floor of the House. According to him the cost for re-branding a bus cost GHC 31,457.28, leading to a total of GHC 3,649,044.75 for the 116 buses.
He quoted these figures from the 2015 annual report on the Petroleum Funds.
Contributing to the debate to approve the 2016 annual budget estimates of the Ministry of Transport on Tuesday, Mr. Mensah – Bonsu said the GH 31,457.28 for each bus is too huge and cannot be tolerated.
But the Transport Minister, Dzifa Attivor in her response to the claim by the Minority Leader said she did not have the details of the re-branding at hand and promised to make it available to the House at a later date.
The Metro Mass Transit Limited is a public transportation company in Ghana. The company was set us to provide reliable and affordable means of transport for commuters within villages, towns, and cities as well as provide intercity movement.
Public bus companies have operated in Ghana since the Ominibus Service Authority (OSA) started its operations in 1927. The OSA contributed a lot to the Ghanaian society in terms of public transport. However, OSA's assets were divested in 1995.