Tuesday, Oct 24, 2017
Infrastructure | Africa | Gabon

Sogatra’s new fleet will be a boost for public transport


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Following years of being overlooked, investing heavily in public transport is now a government priority

Almost immediately upon entering office, President Ali Bongo Ondimba made good on his pre-election promise to revive the state-owned public transportation company Sogatra by rapidly allocating significant new funds to provide better equipment and around 100 new buses in his first year as head of state.

“What is being done today at Sogatra in such an extremely short time is something that we have never witnessed before,” says Aloise Bekale Ntoutoume, managing director of Sogatra. “In all, we will need at least 250 to 300 buses in the long term to fully satisfy the demand.”

Sogatra’s air-conditioned fleet is also available for private hire, ideal for large functions such as weddings and seminars.

Created in 1997 to initially provide urban and inter-urban public transportation in Libreville and Owendo, Sogatra now also connects the capital city with Ntoum, Kango and Lambaréné. Its plans to spread further afield into the hinterland will see its services soon arrive in Port-Gentil, Franceville, Oyem and Mouila.

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