Local government reforms called into question

Inter-city transport in Bénin has gone through reforms, particularly in the city of Bohicon, which demand that passengers, supposedly for their security, must go to a transport station in order to travel. These reforms seemed finally to have been the initiative of a young Armand Gansè, who was sent to the Bohicon transport station by the municipal council to oversee the sale of non- performing assets. Having observed that anarchy held sway in this sub-sector and that unions had abandoned their role, sought to ensure better control of the sale of tickets and also to give a human face to travel conditions, he took the initiative to send all bus taxis to the lorry parks, eliminated others, and given the state of the roads and the level of the fuel prices, increased transport fares. This situation did not go down well with travelers who are resisting these reforms. There is resistance also in the ranks of taxi drivers whose unions think that it is not the role of the municipal council to fix prices and demand practicable fares, while they lauded the effort to compel all travel operations to be carried out from the stations.

It has been observed that the anarchy which reigns in the sub-sector is no other than the consequence of the state’s failure to assume its responsibility. Suddenly, these reorganization efforts have become popular in other communes, which are learning from Bohicon.

By Jacques Manasse.

Published November 27, 2012 in Nouvelle Expression.

Read the article in French Les réformes de l’administration locale mises en cause.