The National Social Security and Insurance Trust (NASSIT) Ferry MV Bai Bureh that was taken to Senegal for repairs have undergone thorough rehabilitation and is now ready to start operations on its return.
According to report, after massive campaign and criticisms from the public, the management had to take the ferry to Senegal where the Damen Shipyards of Netherlands had to come in and the entire engine of the ferry was changed together with other repairs to bring it up to international standards of Lloyds Insurers.
According to a senior official it is now a fact that the ferry is on its way and in perfect condition ready to solve the problems to and from Lungi.
Also, the report stated that the jetty for the smaller Masimera Ferry is now available as it will be landing at Mahera and the jetty is a floating one.
MV Bai Bureh will use the usual Kissy Ferry and Targrin Terminals with the other ferries.
With the current problems now on the ferry transportation to Lungi and back, the MV Bai Bureh will come in at the right time to help solve it and ease the sea transportation that has been affecting the populace over the years.
The report also stated that the repairs of the ferry have been done for the next 10 years before they will be thinking of any major one.
NASSIT officials are now breathing a sigh of relief because of the good job done on and they hope the criticisms will be over when they start operation.
According to our sources, the management wants to keep the information from the public until the ferry arrives as that was what they did when they took it out of the country.
In could be recalled that in September 2009, the Deputy Director General of NASSIT Gibril Saccoh onboard the MV Bai Bureh told journalists the ferries have been fully insured. He said when they engaged the services of Lloyds to inspect the ferry they were told that MV Bai Bureh did not meet the international safety standards that will permit it to operate.
Mr. Saccoh said based on that they contacted the Damen Shipyards to carry out the necessary work on the ferry.
He also told journalists the reason why the smaller ferry was not operative was due to the landing site.
It is now clear that the ferries that were bought for over two million Euros were not rotten and fit for use by people and they are planning for the fare to be affordable to all.
As of today all the modalities are in place and very soon they will start operations and all the criticisms will be laid to rest.
In another development, two senior management staff have resigned from NASSIT. They are Ibrahim Bah who was the Director of Finance and Mahmoud Idriss the Director of Investment.
Presently there is an investigation going on after the institution discovered a massive multi million Leones theft from the trust.
Reports reaching this press stated that Ibrahim Bah has secured a more lucrative job in Ghana where he is receiving three times his NASSIT salary and Mahmoud Idriss has now opened his own consultancy. By Austin Thomas