The Operators and drivers of VIP and Inter-City STC on Monday morning clashed over loading terminal resulting in total chaos at the Asafo Bus Station in Kumasi.
The VIP Bus operators are reported to have blocked the entrance of the terminal with their buses thereby preventing STC buses from entering the station.
It took police men from the SWAT team from the Ashanti police Headquarters led by Commander of Operations, Supt. Caesar Abanga, hours to bring sanity to the densely populated BB arena as the two protagonists held unto their entrenched position.
Operators of the Inter-City STC wrote to the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) on September 6, 2017, to acquire one of the dormant bus terminals close to the VIP lorry station at Asafo of which they were granted permit to operate on September 12, 2017.
The VIP operators however resisted this permission by KMA claiming it took them years to build the transport business and would allow anyone to scuttle it.
The Public Relations Officer of the KMA, Godwin Okumah Nyame, confirmed the granting of permission to STC and noted that it was a competitive world and VIP should brace themselves up for it.
He said there were other minor stations close to VIP which loads to Accra and why should the VIP managers target only STC? He asked.
A Deputy Operations at STC in the Ashanti region, Sintim Aboagye also said the VIP operators are preventing them from entering the station because the stiff competition they are bringing on board.
He explained that they acquired a part of the bus terminal from the Ghana Private Roads and Transport Union, (GPRTU) to move their operations from Adum to the Asafo terminal.
He added that due to the standoff they have postponed the inauguration of the new terminal indefinitely.