Passengers stranded at Yeji ferry station

Hundreds of passengers as well as vehicles were stranded at the Yeji ferry station in Brong Ahafo Region.

There were no ferries at the station due to the ongoing civil works on the Bupei and Yapei bridges in the Northern Region.

Four days ago, the Yapei bridge, which is the main link between the northern and southern parts of Ghana, underwent civil repairs, compelling travellers to use other routes.

The situation was  said to have  inconvenienced  most travellers. Those from both the south and the north were still stranded on Friday, November 24, 2017  three days after the repair works began.

Drivers of heavy-duty vehicles  loaded with perishable goods became worried  as they could not get   to their destinations in time.

Small vehicles were, however, ferried across the Volta Lake but the unavailability of bigger ferries at Yeji worsened conditions for the trucks.

The available routes left as options were  the western and eastern corridors through Kumasi, the Yeji and Bimbilla routes on the other section on the eastern corridor.

Some of the heavy-duty vehicle drivers expressed their frustrations to the media.

“We spend all our money and resources using the long route to the southern part of Ghana or northern part of Ghana yet we can’t use the ferry.

“Some of us are here for good three days, can you imagine”, they asked?

One of the officials of the ferry station apologized to the affected persons and assured them of bigger ferries in the coming days.

Meanwhile, work is ongoing on the Yapei bridge to put vehicles and travellers back on the road.


Story: Michael Mfum Sarpong, ATV, Brong-Ahafo Region