“I am going to write a letter to the minister of Transport and Aviation to inform him of the early departure of the Government busses from Bo,” complained Dr Owusu Sannoh.
The Bo city mayor made this disclosure in a tête-à-tête with Awoko. He was making this concern after residents of that city raised concerns over their safety with the busses leaving as early as one or two in the morning.
He said with this early leaving of the buses there was no assurance of the safety of the passengers, citing an incident that took place at the Mile 91 axis recently.
The Bo city father said there was no order in sales of the busses’ tickets and in the time of the first, second or third busses leaving.
“Traveling with the government’s bus is now a mere luck for people who are used to traveling with no other bus but the government’s due to its safety records. In fact, since the inception of this government, the station of the bus has been changed from the open space opposite the Sierra Leone Postal Services office along Mattru Road to the Demby Hotel compound. Passengers have to be at the venue as early as 9pm, where they face all sorts of abuse from residents of the family who owns the hotel. They have to queue up in the tight veranda of the hotel only for tickets to be sold to them at times not definite. Upon the self-willed time of the salesman, he goes about the sales from the window of a private room in the hotel while people are still in bed, who at times wake up to shout abuse at the people for the insistent noise that goes with the selling and buying of tickets,” he revealed.
A final year Political Science student of Fourah Bay College, Patrick Kobba, appealed: “what disorderliness is this? How can this people take us to a private home to sell tickets to us, where the residents just treat us with contempt?”