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Gov’t to replace 13 ferry crossing points with bridges

Sierra Leone’s Minister of Finance has assured of government commitment to replace all the thirteen ferry-crossing points in the country with modern bridges.

Jacob Jusu Saffa disclosed that there are thirteen ferry crossings in the country and disclosed that the government has secured funding for the replacement of seven. He added that government is working assiduously to secure funding for the remaining cross-points.

The local ferries, which are found at strategic rivers crossing points in the provinces, have been operating without engines for decades now. The ferries are pulled by some ‘strong’ men who are employed by Sierra Leone Road Authority (SLRA).

The ferry-crossing points include Senehun Ferry in Mattru Jong, Sumbuya Ferry in Bo District, Mano Ferry in Kailahun, Sanda Magbolontor Ferry in Port Loko, Kabba Ferry in kamakwie and Kambarri Ferry in Yeli among others.

Minister Saffa disclosed that work on the seven ferry-cross-points for which funding has been secured will commence in March 2021.

“The consultant that won the contract could not come because of the outbreak of COVID-19 which led to the suspension of flights. Now that the airport has opened, we are expecting the consultant in-country soon,” he assured.

He maintained that this is the year of delivery for the administration.

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