THE government in its effort to revamp the Volta Lake transport system, has ordered eight new engines to replace the existing single engines currently being used by the ferries.
The Minister of Transport, Mike Hammah who disclosed this to the “Times” yesterday said that in addition to the new engines, tenders had also been opened for the construction of two new ferries under the Millennium Challenge Accounts Programme.
The interview was prompted by Wednesday’s publication in the Times about the deplorable condition of the lone pantoon plying between Dambai and communities along the riverbank in the Krachie East District.
Mr. Hammeh said two extra engines would be procured as buck up engines for the new ferries when construction was completed to cater for the medium and long term needs of the ferries.
“A bill has also been placed before Cabinet, awaiting approval, towards revamping the lake transport,” he said.
The Minister said the lake transport when fully operational, would lessen the distances covered by haulage distance vehicles from the land-locked countries, adding that most goods being conveyed up North would be transported from Tema to Akosombo where the ferries would take them as far as Buipe, to ease pressure exerted on the major highways by heavy duty vehicles.
He stressed the need for urgent action on the Volta Lake transport, saying the sector had the potential to generate revenue for the country, as well as employment for people living along the lake.