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Aayalolo buses resumes operations after months of suspension

By Wendy Amarteifio
Aayalolo
Aayalolo buses resumes operations after months of suspension

The Quality Bus System (QBS), popularly known as Aayalolo, has resumed operations almost seven months after being grounded because of financial constraints.

In October 2018 the operations of the bus service were halted as a result of what officials described as technical hitches.

The company’s Tudu Terminal was functional on Thursday, April 18, 2019, witnessed the bus carrying passengers on the Kasoa route.

At least four buses were in a queue loading passengers at its Tudu Terminal, near the Cocoa Board office around 5 pm on Thursday.

Speaking to Graphic, a driver who spoke said the Amasaman route will become functional next week Wednesday.

“By Wednesday, we’ll become fully functional. We’ll be back on the road on all our previous routes,” he said. Management of the company on October 25, last year announced a suspension of its operations because of technical challenges.

“The management of Aayalolo wishes to inform our clients that there will be no bus service this evening from Tudu to the various locations, this is as a result of some technical hitches.“Our team of technicians is working around the clock to resolve all anomalies so you can have a smoother ride. You will duly be informed as soon as the services resume.

Any inconvenience caused is deeply regretted” it said.

The management said the company would use a card and ticket system that would ensure that those who didn’t have cards were not cut out of patronising the buses.

But it came to light later that the company had more problems than announced.

A Graphic Online publication of November 26, 2018, revealed that lack of routes to allow for the free movement of Aayalolo buses under the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in Accra, was one of the main reasons for the suspension of the bus service, according to the Ministry of Transport.

Besides that, there was also no money to run the bus service in terms of purchase of fuel and payment of remuneration for drivers and managers, the Greater Accra Passenger Transport Executive (GAPTE), operators of the BRT in Accra - Aayalolo - said.

More than 170 Aayalolo buses have since been grounded at the Achimota bus terminal in Accra, while another 60 deployed to Kumasi for use are yet to start operations.

The staff of the company had not been paid their salaries since March 2018. The company needed 90,000 litres of fuel to be fully fictional at the time.

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