- Officials of VIP are saying the move by STC to relocate to Asafo is to scuttle their business
- They say it took them years to create business at Asafo and will not allow STC to snatch their passengers
There was a total anarchy and chaos at the Ashante Regional capital when operators of a popular transport company, VIP clashed with some officials of the Inter-City STC over Asafo bus terminal.
The misunderstanding between the two groups caused huge traffic jam in some parts of the city on Monday morning.
According to reports, it took the intervention of the Ashante Regional SWAT team of the Ghana Police Service to bring sanity after hours.
The Head of Operations at the Kumasi STC, Lord Inusah Lansah who spoke to Daily Graphic explained that STC wrote to the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) to acquire one of the dormant bus terminals close to the VIP lorry station, of which they were granted permit on September 12, 2017.
But operators of the VIP buses said the move to relocate STC station close to them was to scuttle their business.
Inusah Lansah in his conversation insisted that the move by STC was to help the state-owned company maximize profit.
He added that plans to relocate to Asafo was in line with the agenda of the new STC administration to open more satellite stations across the country to make their buses more accessible to passengers.
However, a leading member of VIP, Kwame Adu Gyamfi also told Daily Graphic in an interview that it took VIP years to build a credible transport business in Asafo. Therefore would not allow anyone to snatch their passengers.
“When we came here, the entire arena was swampy and unattractive. It took hard work and dedication to bring the place to this current level. It will be unwise on our part to give portions to our main competitor,” Adu Gyamfi said in an interview.
Meanwhile, Godwin Okumah Nyame, the PRO of KMA has confirmed the granting of permission to STC.
The PRO insisted that that Ghana's transport sector is a competitive one, therefore operators of VIP should brace themselves up for it.
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