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Gov`t to improve lake transport

The Minister of Transport, Fifi Kwetey has expressed the commitment of government to improve lake transport in the country to facilitate the movement of persons and farms products from the hinterlands to the urban centers.

He made the statement when he inspected the dismantling of two ferries belonging to the Volta Lake Transport Company Limited, Senchi and Akrade which are being sent to operate in Yeji and Dambai.

The two ferries were procured during the closure of the Adomi Bridge for maintenance works but with the completion of the bridge their services will no longer be needed at Senchi where they operated.

The dismantling which was scheduled to be completed in two weeks has been done in six days.

The only snag is some cables which have been destroyed by rodents and have to be procured outside the country.

The Minister advised patrons of the ferries to stop or minimise eating on them to prolong their life span.

He also called for regular fumigation of the ferries to prevent such occurrences.

Mr. Kwetey cautioned private boat operators on the Volta Lake to adhere to safety rules to prevent accidents.

He said after completion of the dismantling works, one of the ferries will be made to ply between Yeji and Makango whiles the other operates between Dambai and Dambai Over bank.

The cost of the project is eight point seven million cedis and is being undertaken by Seaweld Ghana Limited.

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