The Minister for Railways Development, Hon. Joe Ghartey has enjoined all assemblies and local authorities across the country to step up efforts against encroachments on railway assets.
He said as mandated by H.E. the President, the Ministry is on the tangent to connect the major cities in country by rail under its priority rail projects and therefore directed that the MMDAs that play host to railway assets in the country do everything possible to discourage further encroachments.
Acquainting himself with the level of encroachment on railway lands in the Ashanti Region, he declared that the Ministry would not award any infringement on railway property without due authorization.
Hon. Ghartey said the Ministry is on the verge of setting up a committee to examine sale and transfer of railway lands in any official capacity (“whether Ministry of Railways Development, the Ghana Railway Development Authority or the Ghana Railway Company Ltd.”) and call for documentation for verification.
He warned that encroachers without meaningful legal documentation would lose their properties to railway development without any Government compensation.
The Minister hinted that the Ministry diligently working to choose an investor for the construction of the Eastern Railway Line Project by July this year.
Development of the country’s railway sector actively remains a topmost priority of the Akufo Addo administration therefore, the Ministry is on course to ensure this is done to provide safer and cheaper means of grou8nd travel alternative to Ghanaians.
He was accompanied by one of his deputies, Hon. Andy Appiah-Kubi who is also a Legislator for the Asante Akim North Constituency, the chief Executive of the Ghana Railway Development Authority and the KMA Boss.