With President Bio’s ‘New Direction’ government conscious of its responsibility to provide reliable and affordable sea transportation for the people, the General Manager of the Sierra Leone Ports Authority, Dr Abu Bakarr Fofana, has confirmed that a contract for four new ferries was signed over one month ago with the contractor.
As a result, he said, two of the ferries will arrive in December or latest early January 2022.
Dr. Fofana revealed that the contractor will also create the infrastructure with the construction of two new jetties – one at Targrin, Lungi and the other at Freetown.
Also, Deputy General Manager of Ports, Yakuba Askia Bio confided to this reporter that they are working very hard to solve the ferry travel. We want to ensure that everybody is safe and happy when using the country’s ferries. Addressing the needs of the people is our primary concern. SLPA is working to solve the problem of sea transportation once and for all he noted.
As travel between the capital Freetown and the airport town of Lungi across the Rokel River estuary became problematic since the last decade, he said, the arrival of the ferries will help salvage the transportation problem.
With passenger traffic has increased, according to him, the available ferries can no longer meet the demand as they are being overcrowded. This, he said, causes great inconvenience for those travelling out of the country and traders from various communities in the Port Loko district