The Minister of Railway Development, Joe Ghartey, was in the Ashanti regional capital Kumasi last week, where he led a high-powered delegation from the China Civil Engineers Construction Company (CCBCC) to the Manhyia Palace to brief Otumfuo Osei Tutu on the proposed northern sector rail line that will be extended to Paga, the northernmost border of the country.
An MoU to this effect has been signed between government and CCBCC and will be consummated in September of this year to give more impetus to the deal. The engagement offers a great deal of hope since it is this same company – CCBCC – that buildt the landmark rail line from the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa to the coastal city/state of Djibouti.
The team, accompanied by the Railways Development Minister, sought the permission of Otumfuo to undertake feasibility studies as a precursor to extending the rail line to Paga. Indeed, if all goes to plan, the vision of constructing a rail line from the port city of Tema to Paga in the Upper East Region will soon become a reality to the joy of Ghanaians as a whole.
With this development in the pipeline, we are convinced that the economic opportunities that will be derived from this rail extension will be enormous, and will also facilitate trade with our landlocked neighbours like Burkina Faso and Mali.
It will facilitate the transportation of both goods and people, and enhance economic activity along the route. We are extremely impressed with the deal, and confident that it will go a long way to enhance economic activity in the country.