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Joe Ghartey assures completion of Western rail line by 2020

Bibiani (W/R), Aug. 7, GNA – The Minister of
Railways Development, Mr Joe Ghartey, has given the assurance the Western rain
line project would be completed before the end of 2020.    

Mr Ghartey disclosed that more than 200
companies so far, from Ghana the United States of America, Switzerland,
Germany, China and other countries, had shown interest in the development of
railways, and thus had submitted proposals to this effect.

This, he said, would be in fulfilment of the
pledge made by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo before the December 2016
Elections to develop a modern railway network with strong economic
linkages.    

This is intended to overhaul the Western and
Eastern rail lines to facilitate the haulage of bauxite, manganese, cocoa,
cement, iron ore and other bulk commodities as well as the transportation of
people.

Mr Joe Ghartey was addressing a durbar of
Chiefs and people at Bibiani, held in honour of President Akufo-Addo, at the
commencement of his three-day tour of the Western Region.         

He said the selection of the companies, who
would undertake the rehabilitation and construction of the Western rail line,
would be done in accordance with laid down rules for competitive bidding to
ensure value-for-money.

“We have already started the design of the
Western Rail line from Kojokrom to Tarkwa,” he explained. “The transportation
of bauxite from Awaso has been incorporated into the design.”

The Minister noted that one of the tragedies
of Ghana’s post-colonial development was the neglect of the country’s railways.

“One of the things our country should have
focused on was the development of its railway. Railways bring jobs,
development, and uplifts communities. But Ghana’s railway system has
collapsed,” he said.

“President Akufo-Addo, through the
establishment of the Ministry of Railways Development, has indicated that he
wants to revive the railway sector and has put persons from the Western Region
to take charge of it. We will not disappoint. We will surely deliver,” he
added.

GNA

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