The Executive Director for policy think tank, Institute for Liberty and Policy Innovation (ILAPI) has called for the immediate arrest and prosecution of managers of transport company, VVIP following the Friday deadly crash on the Kintampo road which resulted in the death of 55 people.
Commenting on the accident in a Facebook post, the ILAPI boss recounted separate accidents that have claimed lives involving buses belonging to transport companies VVIP and VIP.
In his view, Ghana must take a clue from how the Boeing planes have been grounded following recent plane crashes involving such planes.
Read Below his full post
ARREST THE OWNERS AND MANGERS OF VVIP TRANSPORT COMPANY
The upsurge of the number of VIP and VVIP buses involved in accidents over the past 5 years should be a concern of the State. The sacrifice of human life of passengers on board of these buses is no more a joke. These gory motor accidents saddens my heart anytime such news get to me.
On Friday, October 3, two passenger buses belonging to the same fleet (VIP) had a head-on collision at Osino on the Accra-Kumasi highway. According to the Daily Graphic (2014), “The accident, which occurred when one of the buses attempted to overtake a stationary cargo truck at about 1.30 a.m, led to 13 fatalities and injuries to the 50-plus other passengers. The fatalities included an expectant mother who went into spontaneous labour, delivering her baby and then passing away shortly afterwards.”
In other stories of same magnitude, a VIP Bus from Kumasi heading towards Accra was overtaking a Vehicle while the Trailer Truck from Accra crashed head-on with the VIP bus. Many passengers are seriously injured “.On December 1, 2017, Kasapa FM reported that, a VIP Bus from Kumasi heading towards Accra was overtaking a Vehicle while the Trailer Truck from Accra crashed head-on with the VIP bus. Many passengers are seriously injured.
The counting goes on as 10 confirmed dead; scores injured in fatal Suhum accident when a VIP bus veered off the road (myjoyonline, 2018).
Today, more than 70 passengers on board two buses that collided head-on in the early hours of Friday March 22, 2019 on the Tamale-Kintampo Highway have died instantly (Ghanaweb, 2019)
In Iraq, the Iraq’s justice ministry reportedly ordered the arrest of nine ferry company workers, and barred the ship’s owners and the owners of the tourist site from leaving Iraq of a ferry sinking and killing almost 100 people on the Tigris river (BBC, 2019).
The VIP and the VVIP buses are in the news every year. Look at BOEING’s planes being grounded and do same with in Ghana.