STC vs VIP: Meeting to resolve transport terminal controversy ends in deadlock
| Updated Oct 18, 2017 at 6:17am
A closed door meeting at the Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council office in Kumasi today (October 17), to resolve the impasse between the local branch of the Ghana Private Road Transport Union, GPRTU, operators of VIP Transport and other terminals there on one hand, and Managers of the State Transport Company, STC, over a decision of the STC to start operations from Asafo, is reported to have ended in a deadlock.
The meeting was called at the instance of the Regional Minister, Simon Osei-Mensah and attended by members of the Regional Security Council, representatives of the GPRTU and STC and Kumasi Metropolitan Chief Executive, Osei Assibey Antwi.
According to our correspondents, who were at the premises of the RCC, the meeting which started at about 10am, lasted for over four hours.
Representatives of the GPRTU and STC were tight lipped after the meeting as they refused to disclose to journalists details of the deliberations.
The Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei-Mensah however told our correspondents that the closed door meeting ended in a stalemate, saying that the Regional Security Council will need some time to deliberate on the issue for him to make an informed decision.
Agitated workers at the various GPRTU terminals at Asafo in Kumasi last Monday morning prevented the STC from operating from Asafo. As a result, a planned grand opening of the Asafo terminal of the STC had to be cancelled.
The timely intervention of the Police helped to maintain order even though transport business at the area was temporary disrupted.
Some commuters, particularly those traveling from Kumasi to either the Western or Central regions became frustrated because their vehicles which were full and ready to move from the station could not do so.
In an earlier interview with GBC’s Radio Ghana the, local GPRTU Treasurer, Akwasi Appiah, explained that the Union acquired the Asafo lorry terminal from the traditional authorities many years ago, while the STC has been operating its loading point at Adum during this period.
According to him, both the chiefs and Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly leaders have denied giving any place at the Asafo terminal to STC to do business.
For his part, the Ashanti Regional Operations Director of the STC, Lord Inusah Lansa said the company has all the documentation from the KMA permitting it to start operations from Asafo as part of its re-branding and strategies to improve on its business.