The Turkish government has donated 30 Mercedes 34-seater refurbished buses to the government of Ghana through the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development.
The buses were donated based on a promise by the Turkish government in March 2016 to help the public transport sector in Ghana.
The presentation which was made by the Turkish Ambassador to Ghana, H.E. Nesrin Bayazit to the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Hon. Hajia Alima Mahama was seen as a sign of deepening the relationship between Ghana and Turkey.
The minister in showing gratitude pledged that “these buses would definitely be put to good use and every region in Ghana would have a feel of it.”
She also used the opportunity to hint the Turkish government about Ghana’s intention to learn a thing or two about their decentralization structure.
“The president has said that he wants to deepen our decentralization process through election of our mayors, municipal and district chief executives, we could learn how it is done in Turkey,” she indicated
Ismail Hakki Turunc, the special advisor to the Mayor of the Istanbul Metropolitan municipality stated that Turkey held its friendship with Ghana very dear and “would help Ghana improve in its city management, especially in waste management and the provision of clean water,” he intimated.