President Akufo-Addo, says Ghana’s railway sector, which had been in ruin prior to his assumption of office in January 2017, is being revived and transformed.
According to the President, the introduction of railway lines some 120 years ago, in British Sekondi, represented a turning point in the establishment of the country’s infrastructure.
“But one of the greatest tragedies of our country, since we became independent, was that, instead of building on the infrastructure we inherited from the British, we allowed it to go into disuse and we neglected our railway infrastructure,” the President said.
“I am determined to revive the fortunes of the railway sector in our country and re-establish the infrastructure of our railways across our nation, and beyond. It is one of the most important bases for the transformation of our nation, and I am fully convinced that the investments we are going to make in our railway sector will be a catalyst for the social and economic transformation of our country” he added.
The President made this known on Wednesday, 5th December, 2018, when he inspected the Accra-Nsawam railway line, which has been completed.
Addressing the gathering, the President assured that “we are going to build on the railway infrastructure, open up our country and bring out the wealth of Ghana, and make our population grow, grow and grow in wealth, dignity and prosperity. And, in the process, the railway sector is going to be strong and independent.”
He made an appeal to the persons living close to railways to leave, because of the high-speed trains that will ply the routes, adding that “for the safety of everybody, let’s get away from the rail lines, and preserve life, limb and body.”
The second appeal, he said, was for everyone involved in the railway project to be minded by the fact that the railway project is a national project.
“It is about the transformation and development of our country, so I want to appeal to all of those involved in the sector, from Minister, through the leaders of the Railway Authority and Company, workers, staff, employees, everybody, to put your should to the wheel. Let us go that extra mile, and let us establish a first-class railway infrastructure in our country to propel the development and growth of our country,” he said.
Expressing his delight at the turnaround of the railway sector, overseen by the Minister for Railways, Hon. Joe Ghartey, President Akufo-Addo concluded by congratulating “the Minister, dynamic and hardworking. A lawyer who has now become consumed by the railway. He is doing a great job, and I want everyone in Ghana to show their appreciation to him.”
Have your say
More News Headlines
- Photos: Eugene Arhin supports Muslims at Awutu Bawjiase
- Global Agric firm calls for increased investments in research
- Radio Gold, XYZ staff and others hit Accra streets over closure of radio stations
- Kumasi: Heavy downpour revives fear for lives, properties
- Photos/Video: Floods wreak havoc in Accra
- Peace Council urge gov't to extend training on terrorism to citizens
- Newspaper headlines: Tuesday, May 21, 2019
- Threat of terror: ‘Be vigilant of suspicious behaviours’ - GPCC
- This woman claims she can’t find a job because of her good looks
- The ‘sacred forests’ of northern Ethiopia
- We're confident missing Taadi girls will be found - Ghana Gas to families
- Police retrieve Stonebwoy’s pistol
- 6th National Policy Summit launched
- Photos: Methodist Girls' SHS wins 2019 World ROBOFEST competition
- That's My Opinion: If it's good in America then it's good in Ghana?