A few days in the past, I had the privilege of touring to Tamale with the intercity STC bus. I first made the journey from Accra to Kumasi earlier than I purchased one other ticket to proceed the journey from Kumasi to Tamale. Which means that I used two totally different tickets and two totally different buses for that matter.
It’s commendable that the ticket I bought from Kumasi to Tamale had some particular particulars comparable to reporting time, identify of passenger, age, gender, fare, seat quantity, date of reserving, journey date, departure time, from and to. And extra commendable is the truth that the service suppliers even take contacts of individuals they may contact within the occasion of any eventuality.
Moreso, hooked up to every ticket with the above described particulars, is one other piece of paper described because the Boarding Cross. It is a vibrant rectangular paper which has on the entrance web page flags of some West African nations, photos of two of the buses or coaches, vacation spot of the companies they supply and a few reserving particulars.
In the back of that vibrant paper are 14 provisions underneath the heading: “INTERCITY STC COACHES CONDITIONS OF CARRIAGE”. I didn’t learn these circumstances earlier than I acquired to Kumasi however I made a decision to learn whileat the bus terminal at Adum, Kumasi ready for the departure time for Tamale.As I learn the circumstances, I noticed that they have been provisions which largely apply to baggage and f ticketing.
Nevertheless, situation quantity 9 has one thing totally different. It stipulates that: “No particular person shall journey in any of the corporate’s automobiles if that particular person has in his/her possession any of the next articles, that’s to say, a loaded fire-arm, any offensive weapon or instrument, any contraband items together with medication, any alcohol in any container aside from mechanically sealed ones, any article more likely to talk infectious or contagious illness, uncustomed items, any livestock”. This situation gave me a priority to put in writing this piece. It’s because this provision was meant for the safety and preservation of passengers’ lives, but no searches have been performed both earlier than boarding the bus in Accra, or whereas on the bus to Kumasi. Following this search fiasco from Accra to Kumasi, I used to be considering that the story could be totally different when departing from Kumasi to Tamale. Once more, and to my astonishment, nothing of that kind would occur.
People, you and I do know that, aside from livestock which clearly can’t be hidden from the service suppliers on the bus terminal, all the opposite articles described above may simply be hidden from their sight. The potential of one carrying any harmful or offensive weapon on the journey with out being caught may be very excessive given the statement I made. This gave me some safety considerations to mull over.
And as if that was not sufficient, one other safety subject of concern greeted me whereas on board. Clearly, the departure time from Kumasi to Tamale acknowledged on the ticket was 3p.m and at the moment, all people was on board comfortably ready for departure. After 20 minutes of ready, not even the ignition of the bus was turned on not to mention any of the six tyres to show. Clearly, some passengers would begin murmuring. 4 minutes later, the motive force would introduce himself to us and additional inform us that certainly we might have departed at 3p.m as indicated on our boarding receipts. Nevertheless, the delay was due to the police escort who was becoming a member of us for the journey and that as quickly as he joined the bus we might depart. Not lengthy after, we noticed the supposed escort board the bus with a rifle in his hand, greet us and take his seat. We then departed quickly after.
Why is that this additionally a priority to me? Following the data that we have been ready for a police escort, I used to be ready to see him. Undoubtedly, that data of police presence on the bus would have cheered those that might need harboured of their coronary heart any concern of any assaults in anyway on the way in which. Past that, I’m not a safety knowledgeable however I dared to do some evaluation of that data. In doing so, I questioned myself whether or not in as a lot as the motive force wished to be sincere and truthful to us, for safety causes, was it needed he advised us particularly who we have been ready for? Already, no one was searched to know the content material of what all of us had as baggage for the journey. So, within the occasion that there was any armed robbers or criminally-minded folks additionally on board who would wish to perpetrate any evil, having recognized that there was a police escort, seen him and the place he had sat, would they not simply assault and over energy this police workplace first after which cope with the remainder of us?
Although we had a secure journey by grace, I felt the details about the police escort was pointless because it had the tendency to hazard the lifetime of the police ought to there be any criminals on board.
Moreover, I believe there may be the necessity for lengthy distance bus companies suppliers to conduct searches on travellers to establish the content material of their baggage as they journey. This has the tendency to scale back the motion of fire-arms and different harmful articles (that are used for all form of crime) from one level to a different. I do know it’s not all people who would facet with me however if in case you have nothing harmful on you, why the concern? We reside in a depraved world whereeconomic hardships, unemployment, get-rich-quick perspective and different elements have pushed many individuals to partaking in all sort of practices which have develop into inimical and detrimental to society, and if critical searches at bus terminals and on highways are performed and with regularity, it will assist to no less than minimise the extent of crime in our society. The place one might imagine handbook searches might be embarrassing, scanners on the entrance of the buses might be thought-about for that. The place there’s a will, it’s stated, there’s a method.
The supply above referred is necessary however that’s if it’s not offered for the sake of it.
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Thanks a lot for the house offered.
(Lecturer and Industrial Relations Officer
BlueCrest School, Ghana)