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Four ferries now operate between Yeji and Makango

Deputy Transport Minister, Titus Glover has paid a day’s visit to Yeji in the Pru District of the Brong Ahafo Region and Makango in the East Gonja District of the Northern Region to learn at first hand measures being taking to ease human and vehicular congestion in the two towns.

On Wednesday November 22, the Ghana Highways Authority closed down two bridges at Buipe and Yapei both located on the main Kintampo – Tamale highway to give way some routine maintenance works.

As a result of the closure, most of the users of that highway from the southern part of the country transit at Yeji and later cross the Volta Lake with a ferry to Makango and continue with their journey.

Other road users also pile up at Makango waiting to be ferried to Yeji and be able to continue with their journey.

This led to intense vehicular and human traffic at both Yeji and Makango because there was only one ferry, the Akrade Ferry, which was operating between the two ends of the Volta Lake.

To address this issue and considerably ease the pressure, the Pru District Chief Executive, Stephen Jalulah in collaboration with the Volta Lake Transport Company and other stakeholders have succeeded in adding three more ferries to the existing one to facilitate easy movement from Yeji to Makango across the Volta Lake.Several hundreds of trucks loaded with various goods, buses and all kinds of vehicles were seen long queues at both Yeji and Makango at the time of the visit.

Deputy Transport Minister, Titus Glover was there to keep himself abreast of the progress being made to ease the situation.

He was accompanied by the Acting Managing Director of the Volta Lake Transport Company, Col. Appiah Oppong, the Pru District Chief Executive, Stephen Jalulah and some other officials.

Mr. Titus Glover paid a courtesy call on the Yeji Traditional Council and interacted with some drivers and passengers at Yeji awaiting their turn to board a ferry to Makango.

The Deputy Minister explained that the repair works on the Yapei and Buipe bridges had become necessary because the bridges had outlived their 50-years lifespan and also to ensure the safety of travelers.

He said he was highly impressed about the conduct of both passengers and drivers at both Yeji and Makango and assured them that every effort was being made to accelerate the pace at which rehabilitation works were being carried out on the two bridges at Buipe and Yapei.

(Richard Boahen, [email protected] )

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