H.E. the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has appealed to encroachers living at the periphery of the railway lines to move away for their own safety.
This he explained is because of the high speed trains that will ply the routes, “lets get away from the rail lines for the safety of everybody.”
According to the President, Ghana’s railway sector, which had been in a state of ruin and disrepair, prior to his administration, is being revived and transformed. He said the introduction of railway lines 120 years ago, in British Sekondi in the Western Region, represented a turning point in the establishment of the country’s infrastructure.
“one of the greatest tragedies of our country, since 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,” he lamented.
However, “this administration is determined to revive the fortunes of the 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 this 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.”
H.E. the President gave the assurance when he unveiled a plaque with a solemn pledge to build a modern railway network across Ghana at the Accra Railway Station.
He said effective railway system will open up our country, bring out the wealth of Ghana, and ‘make our population grow, grow and grow in wealth, dignity and prosperity.’
President Akufo-Addo, therefore, called on all stake holders to put their shoulders to the wheel, go extra mile “and let us establish a first-class railway infrastructure in our country to propel the development and growth of our country,”
He was however quick to express his appreciation at the sharp turnaround of the railway sector in less than two years under the leadership of the Railways Minister, Hon. Joe Ghartey, congratulating him for his dynamism and hardwork. “He is doing a great job,” the President acknowledged.