Some modern 43 buses have been put at the disposal of commuters in the city of Yaounde by the Société de transports et équipements collectifs de Yaoundé, STECY. The company launched its activities in the city in a ceremony at the Yaounde City Hall on February 13, chaired by Edgar Alain Mebe Ngo’o, Minister of Transport.
The transport minister in an address, stated that the launching of the activities of the company are a renaissance to public urban transport in the city of Yaounde. He called on the management of the company to demonstrate excellence, and efficiency in the management of the company. The company announced that its fleet of buses would have as many as 150 buses.
Passengers are supposed to pay a transport fare of 200FCFA from one location to the other in the city of Yaounde, with the use of a digital card. No coins are to be used for payment. The cards, which were exhibited at the launch at the City Hall, are already available in subscription locations including the Poste Centrale in the city center.
Célestin Herman Tsambou, Director General of the company announced during the ceremony that the STECY buses will transport Yaounde city dwellers free of charge for one week from the day of the launch. He said this was a promotion strategy to enable citizen acclimatized to the buses.
STECY is however not the first company to launch public urban transportation by bus. Its follows the crumbling of Le Bus bus services whose administration was shrouded with corruption and mismanagement.