Nana Addo inspects revamped Accra-Nsawam railway line
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says Ghana’s railway sector, which had been in a state of ruin and disrepair, prior to his assumption of office in January 2017, is being revived and transformed.
He said the introduction of railway lines some 120 years ago, in British Sekondi, represented a turning point in the establishment of the country’s infrastructure.
“But one of the greatest tragedies of our country, since we became 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,” the President bemoaned.
He continued, “I am determined to revive the fortunes of the railway 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 our 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.”
Addressing the gathering, the President assured that “we are going to build on the railway infrastructure, open up our country and bring out the wealth of Ghana, and make our population grow, grow and grow in wealth, dignity and prosperity. And, in the process, the railway sector is going to be strong and independent.”
He made an appeal to the persons living close to railways to leave, because of the high-speed trains that will ply the routes, adding that “for the safety of everybody, let’s get away from the rail lines, and preserve life, limb and body.”
The second appeal, he said, was for everyone involved in the railway project to be minded by the fact that the railway project is a national project.