Stakeholder engagement platform launched for railway development

Christabel Addo/ Julius K. Satsi, GNA

Accra, Aug. 03, GNA – Mr Kwaku Agyenim-Boateng, the
Deputy Minister for the Ministry of Railway Development, has launched a
stakeholder engagement to solicit views on the best ways to implement the Ghana
Railway Development Master Plan, completed in 2013.

The programme, which was in collaboration with the
Ministry of Information, would ensure the full participation of both
institutional and community stakeholders in the projects, would be completed in
six phases.

At a stakeholders’ consultative workshop, in Accra,
on Thursday, Mr Agyenim-Boateng, said if the Master plan was implemented, it
would create more job opportunities for the communities along the various
railway terminals, and hence help in cutting down unemployment.

For his part, Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, a Deputy
Minister of Information, said the Government had adopted the strategy of
involving relevant stakeholders in key projects such as railway

Mr Oppong Nkrumah said this was important to
provide the citizenry with a better understanding of the projects implemented
so they could own them for the maximum benefits of their communities.

He said the Ministry of Information had thus
launched a number of engagement platforms to make sure that the citizenry were
keenly involved in all projects because they were for their benefit and

He cited launched of the National Policy Summit,
where key Ministers engaged stakeholders in developing policies, sharing
information and fine-tuning policies for citizen ownership, as one of such successful

“We recently launched the Town Hall Meeting, where
we brought together the 216 Districts to hold town hall meeting to engage with
the people of Ghana, get feedback on some of the programmes and policies of
government and also give them status update of what we are doing,” he

Mr Oppong Nkrumah said the Ministry had also
introduced stakeholder engagement meetings for specific Ministries,
Departments, Agencies, and specific projects, saying, without such proactive
platforms, the projects might end up becoming a burden and useless to the

He said the Ministry of Information was working
together with the Ministry of Railway Development in the implementation of the
84-kilometre Railway from Tema to Akosombo.

The project is scheduled to start in October, this
year, Mr Richard Dombo, the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Railway
Development Authority, said.


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