28 February 2013

Gambia: Traffic Slows Down At Banjul-Barra Ferry Crossing As Commuters Spent Hours At the Terminal

The traffic slow down at the Banjul-Barra Ferry crossing is impacting negatively on Commuters as they wait for hours at the terminal before the arrival of a ferry.

According to eye-witnesses who spoke to this reporter at Barra terminal on Sunday 24th February 2013, they spent four hours at the said terminal before the arrival of the Kanilai Ferry.

According to Maram Jobe, she arrived at the terminal at around 6pm when the Johe Ferry had already left. However she said she spent almost four hours at the terminal before the arrival of Kainlai ferry which departed at the terminal at 22:06 hours and arrived at Banjul terminal at 23:10 hours.

Madam Jobe asserted that the Ferry Authority needs to look into the situation of the ferries as they are posing endless hardships to travellers.

According to Modou Jallow a commuter, he arrived at the Barra Terminal at 18:00 hours and could not have a ferry up to 22:00 hours when she boarded the Kanilai Ferry. Mr Jallow noted that the problem of the ferries are the engines which the authorities knew very well and need to address them to ensure reliability, safety and effective service delivery for commuters' satisfaction.

Other Commuters who spoke to this reporter on the issue expressed similar views and called on the ferry authorities to solve the problem since commuters are paying their monies, they deserved efficient service.

According to local newspaper report, the government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) through its Banjul Embassy on Thursday 20th December 2012, presented a cheque in the sum of US$747,692 to the government of The Gambia for the procurement of three new ferry engines, namely; Barra, Kanilai and Farafenni.

According to the report, the sum was a part payment of US$1.5M designed for the procurement of 12 new engines for The Gambia Ferry Services.

This reporter will approach the ferry authorities to find out whether the engines are procured or not and their plans with regards to the ferries.

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