Veteran musician and social commentator, Kwame Asare Obeng who is popularly known as A Plus has called for immediate investigation into operations of VIP transport company whose Yutong buses are always involving in deadly accidents on various highways across the country.

The outspoken musician made his statement in reaction to the ghastly accident that occurred on the infamous Accra-Kumasi highway yesterday, February 26. 16 people died in the accident whiles a lot more are currently receiving treatments at various health facilities.

A Plus noted that though there are other bus transport firms such as State Transport Company (STC) operating in the country, it is only VIP busses that are always associated with these nasty accidents especially on the Accra-Kumasi highway in which loss of numerous lives are recorded.

“Though many factors including bad roads and failure to dualize our major highways play a role in fatal accidents in Ghana, one gets knocked down with a feather when you take into consideration the fact that there has never been a Head-on collision between two STC buses and that STC buses are less likely to be involved in an accident though they ply the same route?

The government of Ghana and relevant agencies like the Consumer Protection Agency, Road Safety Commission and the MTTD must therefore immediately commence an investigation into the VIP Bus Company and its operations,” he stated in a length facebook post sighted by GhanaVanguard.com.

Read his full facebook post below;

Some few days ago, A Boeing 777 operated by United Airlines had to make an emergency landing in Denver after one of its engines blew apart. Though no injuries or fatalities were recorded in the aforesaid incident, US plane manufacturer Boeing immediately recommended grounding all of the 777-model aircraft which have the same type of engine that suffered a failure.

U.S. regulators also immediately announced extra inspections of all similar aircraft and Japan suspended their use while considering further action.

On 29 October 2018, a Boeing 737 MAX operated by Lion Air crashed into the Java Sea killing all passengers on board. Some few months later, on 10 March 2019, another Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft operated by Ethiopian Airlines crashed near the town of Bishoftu. After the second crash which was similar to the first one, the Manufacturer and regulator ordered that all Boeing 737 Max aircraft around the world must be grounded until an investigation into what caused two brand new aircrafts to fall from the sky in five months are concluded.

This is what countries that have leaders who care about the safety of their citizens do.

Here in ‘Nyame Bɛkyerɛ’ Republic, VIP buses are more dangerous than the coronavirus. These buses have claimed many lives yet none of those so-called leaders who year after year sign social contracts with the people, by asking them for power in exchange for safety and protection deems it necessary to investigate why VIP (Yutong) buses are most likely to be involved in fatal accidents between Apedwa Junction and Nkawkaw on the Accra-Kumasi highway.

Somewhere in 2014, two VIP (Youtong) buses collided at Osino. 13 persons died and over 50 sustained various degrees of injuries. Those who died included an expectant mother who was so traumatized that she delivered her child instantly and died shortly thereafter.

In 2014, I dropped off two friends, Atto and Nana at the VIP bus terminal only to receive a call a few hours later that Nana and 12 others died when their bus collided head-on with another VIP bus; Atto is in critical condition.

Just this morning, we have received reports of another fatal head-on collision of two VIP buses. According to media reports, 16 persons have bought the farm while many other sustained serious injuries.

Though many factors including bad roads and failure to dualize our major highways play a role in fatal accidents in Ghana, one gets knocked down with a feather when you take into consideration the fact that there has never been a Head-on collision between two STC buses and that STC buses are less likely to be involved in an accident though they ply the same route?

The government of Ghana and relevant agencies like the Consumer Protection Agency, Road Safety Commission and the MTTD must therefore immediately commence an investigation into the VIP Bus Company and its operations.

If black lives matter to leaders of this country so much that they can organize a funeral for a black American in Ghana; sorry, Ghanaians are not pinks. We are also black people and our lives matter.

I’m also calling on Parliament of Ghana to please take up this matter.

Source: GhanaVanguard.com

 


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