Ghana government to revamp railway sector with $135m – Minister

Mike Hammah - Transport Minister
Mike Hammah - Transport Minister

Mr. Mike Hammah, the Minister of Roads and Transport, has said about $134 million would be required to extend the Eastern, Central and Western railway lines to the Boankra Inland Port for smooth take off of the facility.

The government would take four years to complete the different linkages to the port to serve neighbouring land locked countries to the north of Ghana.

Speaking to newsmen at Boankra after his inspection of the completed office complex of the Shippers’ Council, he said $45 million would be needed to complete the Western line, $55 million for the Eastern line and an additional $34 million on the Central line.

The Minister was in the region to see problems facing the transport sector and to interact with workers of the railways.

Touching on the 1.8 kilometre road linking the inland port with the Accra/Kumasi highway, the minister said efforts were being made to review the contract to ensure value for money.

He said part of a 02-million dollar loan contracted by the government would be used to address problems at  Kaasi where any time it rained the place got flooded making it impossible for the trains to operate.

He gave the assurance that the government would do all it could to revamp the railway sector and urged the workers to also play their part well.

Mr. Kofi Opoku-Manu, the Ashanti Regional Minister, said railways play unique role in the socio-economic development of a nation and it is incumbent on all stakeholders to support the government to revamp the sector.

Source: GNA

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  1. Busha says

    Why didn’t Ghanaians leaders realised this all these years and the reason why develop world do well so much is their rail system for passenger and freight rail not only in the country but also with the neibourering countries, in the case of Ghana there is more advantage than anyone I have ever come across. Ghana will be sitting pretty if the rail network is design very well.
    Why would you carry Gold or other precious metal by road as well as food instead of by rail.

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