Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai has dedicated a little over 20 feet-wide ferry to residents of Fuammah and Sannoyea Districts, in Bong County.
The ferry is also intended to connect Bong County to Gbarpolu County via the two districts. Residents of both districts, including neighboring Gbarpolu County have over the years used canoes to cross the St. Paul River to transact business.
The ferry project with an estimated cost of over US$70,000 was undertaken thru the personal initiative of VP Boakai, according to an aide to the Vice President, Mr. Abdullah Lusene Kamara.
Mr. Kamara described the construction of the ferry as an economic corridor for Bong and Gbarpolu counties.
Performing the official dedication on Saturday, 26 February Vice President Boakai said development is his concentration and part of his commitment.
He pledged to work to execute similar project to other parts of the country to ease transportation difficulties for citizens, who use canoes to move from one county to another.
Vice President Boakai said the initiative has nothing to do with elections, but to rescue the suffering citizens of Bong and Gbapolu Counties, who cross the St. Paul River on a daily basis in the face of serious risk to their lives.
He then advised the citizens to put in place a system that will maintain the ferry.
Meanwhile, citizens of the two districts have expressed happiness and thanked the Vice President for the gesture.
Many citizens had in the past lost their lives while crossing over the St. Paul River as a result of canoes capsizing, especially during the rainy season. Editing by Jonathan Browne