J.A Plant Pool and Yutong Ghana Limited, have launched onto the Ghanaian market new executive coaches to enhance the transformation of the transport sector.
The introduction of the new buses also coincided with the sixth anniversary celebration of the entry of Yutong buses into Ghana.
Speaking at the launch, Deputy Minister of Transport, Ms Joyce Bawah Mogtari, said J.A Plant Pool’s presence in the transport sector in the last six years had sent a strong message into the transport industry.
“I consider your initiative as an indication of your support for the promotion of passenger comfort and vehicle safety in our country,” she said, adding that the introduction of the new buses was in line with government’s objective of ensuring a sustainable, accessible, affordable and efficient transportation system.
She said government was working on the procurement of 200 buses for the Metro Mass Transit Limited, to facilitate the movement of passengers, and another 295 buses from Sweden for the Bus Rapid Transit to help ease congestion and traffic on the roads.
Ms Mogtari urged the company to provide education on the use of the new fleet of buses to enhance efficiency, safety and long life span.
“It is heart-warming to see partnerships like this between J.A Plant Pool Ghana Limited and Yutong Ghana Limited,” adding that government would continue to create the enabling environment and support for private bus operators to work together to bring about improvements.
Mr Lolu Akindele, Managing Director J.A Plant Pool, said the company had through the introduction of the Yutong buses in the past six years, helped to pioneer the transformation of the transport industry in the country.
He said the company had sold over 1,000 buses in Ghana and in other countries in the sub-region, including Sierra Leone and Equitorial Guinea.
Mr Akindele said the flexible payment terms provided by the company also provided a turning point making Yutong buses more popular than other brands.
He said the introduction of the executive buses would add onto the public transport system coaches which have been manufactured to suit African work conditions.
Ms Adwoa Frimpomaa Nimako-Boateng, General Manager J.A Plant Pool, said as part of the anniversary celebration, the company would provide free diagnostic services and massive discount on spare parts.
She said the new buses are manufactured to meet the Ghanaian terrain, have large compartment and efficient fuel consumptions.
Mr Frank Pian, a Representative of Yutong, said the company had manufactured and provided specialiszd buses to Europe, Africa, Asia and other parts of the world. GNA