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Ghana’s Railway Development Minister Promises National Railway Revitalisation

The Ghanaian minister of railways development, Joe Ghartey has pledged to work diligently to restore Ghana's railway sector, with the aim of transforming the country’s economy. The minister gave this assurance when he appeared before Parliament’s Appointment Committee to be vetted earlier in February.

Ghartey said he will kick-start the restructuring of the railway sector with the reconstruction of the rail networks along the Eastern and Western lines, among others.

“What will happen in Ghana if we agree to expand the railway is an economic explosion. The transformation of the economy can only happen if we invest in the railway,” he said.

Ghartey further stated that: “Kumasi to Buipe forms the bread basket of this nation, and we are convinced, beyond any doubt, that if this line is developed, the price of foodstuff will decrease and the economic benefits will be unimaginable.” To illustrate his point, he added that: “fuel will be 50% less and cocoa will be 25% less if it is carried by rail.”

Ghartey reiterated that revamping the railway sector will improve the lives of Ghanaians and boost productivity by reducing people’s commuting times as a result of traffic congestion on the country’s inadequate road infrastructure.

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