Dysfunctional ferry over river Oti leaves commuters, cargo stranded

Commuters and cargo owners have been left stranded at the crossing of the river due to a dysfunctional ferry operated by the Volta Transport Company Limited, causing long queues of cargo trucks carrying mostly foodstuffs to be stacked at the riverbank for the past four days without resolution.

According to the (GNA), upon its visit to the riverbank on Monday, long queues of cargo trucks en route to various destinations were unable to cross due to the breakdown of the ferry at Dambai.

The stranded commuters and cargo owners have berated the government for failing to honour its campaign promise to build a permanent bridge over the River Oti at Dambai, calling for a permanent solution to the situation.

They said that a solid bridge over the river would easily connect Dambai to , , Chereponi and other neighbouring West African countries and ensure the ferrying of their cargoes, which contain perishable goods that could easily go to waste and erode their trade capital.

More than 200 cargo trucks loaded with yam en route to were also sighted at Dordoe-Kope, on the other side of the river, but had remained stationary and stranded awaiting the fixing of the ferry. Mr Bernard Breko, a Vision Express driver from Accra to Salaga in the capital of the East Gonja District of the Region, expressed his frustration at spending two days at the riverbank and called for a permanent solution to the situation.

Similarly, Mr Alhassan Kofi, another cargo driver from Banda in the Krachi Nchumuru District of the Oti Region, said he had spent three days at the riverbank and was contemplating offloading some of his goods there to begin brisk business.

The VTCL, the vessel operators, was unavailable for comment, but some technical people were seen working around the clock to repair the fault.

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