The Minister for Railway Development and Member of Parliament for the Hohoe Constituency, Hon. John-Peter Amewu has disclosed that he intends to continue to pursue appropriate policies for the Railway Sector which would lead to the realization of the vision to build a modern rail network across the country, a legacy President Akufo-Addo wanted to leave.
He therefore, urged Management and Staff of the Ministry of Railway Development to support Government policies with strategies and programmes that would bring Ghana’s once vibrant rail transport industry back to active service for the benefit of the people of Ghana.
The Minister made these remarks during his maiden meeting with Management and Staff of the Ministry on Wednesday, 17th March 2021 in Accra to formally interact with them while discussing the future of the Ministry and the Railway Sector as a whole.
According to him, it was the vision of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to leave a legacy not only for the present generation but also for future generations to enjoy as was done by late President, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah with the construction of the Akosombo dam, stressing that although there were a lot of flagship programmes being implemented by the current administration, the expected impact of the railway to the socio-economic development of Ghana is enormous.
The Honourable Minister commended his predecessor, Honourable Joe Ghartey and his Deputies for the excellent job done to lay a solid foundation for the development of the railway industry, which has over the years been neglected and allowed to collapse as a result of the culture of poor maintenance.
He indicated that per his observation so far, he can confidently say that a lot of investment has been made towards revamping the railway sector and therefore per the evidence on the ground, the leadership and staff of the sector deserve lots of commendations for the progress made. He added that what he thinks is outstanding is the motivating factor or the financial resources to accelerate the slow pace of development. Hon. Amewu called for 'all hands-on deck' approach to move the sector forward. He urged employees to continue to demonstrate the spirit of team work and dedication in the execution of their duties to enable the Ministry succeed.
Touching on some pertinent issues affecting the Railway Sector, the Staff mentioned land acquisition and encroachment on railway lands as some of the major challenges which have caused delays in the progress of some on-going railway projects. Human resource capacity challenge was also mentioned to be affecting the Ministry. For instance, the limited number of Engineers makes it difficult for the Ministry to closely perform its role in supervising and monitoring project execution on site.
Mr. Amewu gave the assurance that regular management meetings would be held to come out with appropriate solutions to address issues bothering on the Ministry which are hindering the construction of the railway lines.
The Acting Chief Director at the Ministry, Mr. Desmond Boateng and the entire management team, assured the Minister of their unwavering support, commitment and cooperation to assist the Minister to achieve the mandate of the Ministry towards the realization of the vision of President Akufo-Addo.