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Bad Road Network Hampers MMT Up North

2006-10-27 11:20:09
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The Management of the Metro Mass Transit (MMT) Tamale has called on the government to consider reshaping some of the key but inaccessible roads in the Northern Region to enhance economic growth and also ensure longer lifespan of commercial vehicles plying the roads.

The MMT officials noted with concern that the bad state of roads in the north has the tendency to deter potential investors from establishing businesses in theregion. This, they identified, was the root cause of the high poverty level, and on the general living conditions of the people.

This statement was made by the officials at a press briefing here on the new strategic steps already taken by the MMT to promote easy and affordable means of transportation for the people in the three northern regions and beyond.

They emphasized that until the roads in the region were given the needed attention the people would continue to face some avoidable economic hardships.

Answering questions from the media on whether or not the company had got plans to assist government make some of the un-motorable roads more accessible to enhance business activities, the management of MMT explained that it was the responsibility of the government and its development partners to provide an enabling environment for investors and business organizations in the country to operate effectively.

They were, however, quick to state that the company could only complement the efforts of government at maintaining the roads but could not take full responsibility away from the government.

The Managing Director of MMT, Mr. Cas Van Eerden, revealed plans by the company to double its staff strength across the country from 1,500 to over 3,000 and also acquire additional 463 new buses by the end of 2006.

He said that the operations of MMT would empower the Ghanaian communities by making jobs, shops, school and healthcare better accessible to the people.

Appealing to Ghanaian citizens to share the responsibility with MMT to keep the buses in good shape, Mr. Eerden challenged passengers to always insist on their tickets to avoid overloading.

According to the Director, MMT buses would ply in most of the business communities in the three northern regions, particularly from Tamale to Yendi, Bimbilla, Wulensi, Zabzugu, Gambaga, Walewale, Wa, Bolgatanga and Tachiman among others, to stimulate regional economical development by opening up new areas for public transport.

source: Chronicle

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