Social Welfare & Community Development

Minister assures Makango residents of Bridge to Link Mankango and Yeji

The Savannah Regional Minister, Adam Braimah Salifu has hinted of plans to construct a bridge to link Makango in the East Gonja Municipality of the Savannah Region and Yeji in the Bono Region in the near future.

Speaking to the media after visiting Makango where a ferry carrying passengers and vehicles sunk after loading en route to Yeji, the Minister who is the Member of Parliament for the area said he is happy no casualty has been recorded in the unfortunate accident and praised the government for immediately bringing in another ferry to carry passengers across to and from Makango.

Meanwhile, residents of the community are complaining about the effects of the sinking of the ferry on business activities in the Makango community.

The submerged ferry is popular on the Makango to Yeji route and was bound for Yeji in the newly created Bono Region when the unfortunate accident happened.

Eliasu Mejida, a resident of the community said the road network of the area is another problem that the government must seriously consider and further blame the authorities of the ferry of what has happened since they are aware of the leakages in the pontoon of which water is drain constantly with machines without fixing the holes.
He said it is as if the government has neglected the people of Makango since the major problem of the people is the road and the ferry and therefore appealed to the government to work on the two.
Meanwhile, serious efforts are underway to retrieve the 60-year-old ferry from the waters of Makango with divers and workers of the Volta River Authority busily working to retrieve the ferry.
Naval Captain Akabutey confirmed to the media during interaction stated that the ferry currently in use will be replaced with a different one permanently whilst the submerged ferry will be sent to Accra for maintenance.

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