The Minister of Roads and Highways, Kwasi Amoako Atta has disclosed that a new ferry will be dispatched to Yeji for faster transferring of passengers and goods.
He disclosed this on the floor of the House after he was summon to respond to concerns raised by Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu about the closure of the Yeji and Buipe bridges in the Northern Region.
The Ghana Highways Authority (GHA) on Monday, November 20, 2017, closed down the Buipe and Yapei bridges in the Northern Region.
According to the Ghana Highways Authority, the bridges have become a threat to motorists and pedestrians due to the poor conditions of the bridges.
The Yeji and Buipe bridges link the south of Ghana to the Northern part of the country.
It also links Ghana to its neighbors such as Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger who also do not have sea ports to import and they do so through the Tema harbour.
However, movement of goods and people to and from the Northern and the Southern parts of Ghana have slowed down following the closure of the Buipe and Yapei bridges to vehicular traffic.
The closure of the bridges has caused great inconvenience for passengers and travelers along that stretch. Many of those passengers have had to resort to the use of ferries through Nakpango.
Angry commuters have accused the ministry of not putting alternative structures in place before the closure of the bridges. Also some commuters have said they spend twice as much time travelling from the north to the south or vice versa.
However the Minister explained that structures are currently being put into place to dispatch a new ferry to ease the inconvenience caused due to the closure of the Buipe and Yeji Bridges.
Source: Kofi Doe Lawson/hbtvghana.com