- The railways minister, Joe Ghartey, has announced a $1 billion partnership with China
- The deal is aimed at revamping Ghana's railway sector
- Development of the railways formed part of President Akufo-Addo's SONA 2019 address in Parliament
The minister of railways, Joe Ghartey, has announced a $1 billion deal with China to revamp Ghana’s railway sector.
The deal comes in two separate contract agreements with the Chinese government, which were signed a week ago in China.
YEN.com.gh understands that this comes as a follow-up plan by Ghana to restore and improve rail transportation.
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Ghartey explained that under the new contract, the Western and Eastern railway lines, totalling 930km, and new lines from Tema to Akosombo, among others, would be constructed.
Ghananewsagency.org reports that he said this formed part of an assurance given by President Akufo-Addo.
The president, as part of the 2019 State of the Nation Address, indicated that the railway sector would be improved.
According to him, the sector was dead as at the time the government assumed office, and workers had not been paid for about six months.
After settling issues with salaries, Ghartey went on, he successfully increased it by 35%, a move that was approved by the government.
He therefore urged the workers to work hard to wean themselves off government’s subvention and generate their own income, to enable them to enjoy better remuneration as other sectors were enjoying.
He said under President Akufo-Addo, 30 new trains had been procured, with the speed of 160 km per hour, compared to the previous 120 km per hour, and would soon arrive in the country.
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