The Ministry of Works and Transport, (MoWT) in partnership with Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) on Friday launched the MV Albertine Nile 1 ferry that connects Wanseko in Buliisa to Panyimur (Nebbi).
The new modern ferry which has a capacity of 80 tons can carry 120 seated passengers and 15 trucks.
The ferry became operational at the beginning of the year after the old one got worn out.
Speaking at the official launch that took place in Wanseko, the Minister for Works and Transport, Monica Azuba Ntege congratulated the people of Paliisa upon the new free and reliable means of transport.
She encouraged them to take advantage of the ferry to improve trade and their economic well-being.
“Last year I was worried because the ferry was taking long to resume operation. I am relieved now because our people will not suffer any more,” Ntege said.
Allen Kagina, the UNRA Executive Director, said providing modern, world class ferry services to people leaving on Islands is one of UNRA’s mandate.
“We want to assure people of Paliisa that the ferry services will be available everyday so that you can connect to other areas and do trading,” Kagina said.
The Woman MP Buliisa, Norah Bigirwa also thanked the Ministry and UNRA for thinking about Puliisa community and asked them to continue supporting those communities by working on their roads.