6 Million Euros Spent on Rehabilitation of 2 Ferries Says GPA PRO

By Sailu Bah

The Public Relation Officer (PRO) of the Gambia Ports Authority (GPA), Mr. Ansumana GibbaAnsumana Gibba, has said that Six Million Euros was spent on the rehabilitation of the Kanilai and Johe ferries.

Mr. Gibba said this in an interview at the GPA Shipyard in Banjul on Tuesday, 10 February 2015.

He said the Kanilai, which is one of three ferries that ply the Banjul-Barra route, is still under maintenance at the Shipyard and that the work is expected to be finished soon.

The GPA PRO said the Six Million Euros included expenses on the  procurement of air balloon technology as well as the expatriate fees among other costs.

Mr. Malamin Gassama, the Electrical Manager, also said the rehabilitation works on the Kanilai Ferry are at an advanced stage and will soon be finished for it to start operation.

Mr. Gassama said the welding and painting works on the Ferry are already completed and the target for it to start operating again is set for this coming month of March.

The Electrical Manager said they are now fitting the electric cables at the right places, adding that if the work on Kanilai ferry is completed, the problems being experienced by travellers using the Banjul to Barra crossing will be a thing of the past.

Mr. Gassama also said that Gambian engineers have done almost three quarters of the job as they are working with Chinese and German experts and are expecting others from Holland to do some checking.