Fact Check: Takoradi railway line was commissioned by NDC not NPP

Fact Check: Takoradi railway line was commissioned by NDC not NPP

It appears Ghanaians are confused about the recent news concerning the Sekondi-Takoradi railway line.

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Some people are of the impression that the Sekondi-Takoradi railway station was built and commissioned by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) instead of the National Democratic Congress.

YEN.com.gh checks have, however, revealed that this is false. Akufo-Addo did not build the station. It was commissioned in 2016 during Mahama's presidency, according to a report by Graphic online titled Rail pleasure returns to Sekondi-Kojokrom as President inaugurates railway line and dated November 18,2016.

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Mahama inaugurated the newly constructed Sekondi/Takoradi-Kojokrom suburban railway line and declared that, "This marks the beginning of the transformation of the railway network in Ghana."

Another report by the FinderOnline titled Mahama commissions new rail lines and dated November,28, 2016 also speaks to the issue at hand.

Indeed some social media users shared photos of the facility on social media.

This one, shared by, Kofi Ofosu Nkansah after praising the NPP for doing a good job at the railway station on November 2, 3019.

The evidence shows clearly that Mahama and not Akufo-Addo built the Takoradi railway station. as is believed by some Ghanaians.

The only action Akufo-Addo took was to renovate the facility in 2018 (put the source of this information.

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Ernest said these same pictures shared by Kofi were shared by the NDC and were put in their green book.

Babili said all the Takoradi residents are well aware that the railway station was constructed by the NDC.

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A similar case of misinformation came in October when the NPP cut sod for the construction of the Obetsebi Lamptey Circle and claimed that trhey had secured funding for the planned project.

YEN.com.gh's fact-check of that claim proved that it was false and that in 2016, Ghana’s parliament approved a credit facility agreement totalling $39.2 million for the implementation of the Obetsebi Lamptey Interchange project.

The timeline proves that the funding was secured two years before Akufo-Addo took office, according to our investigations.

The spate of misinformation in the traditional media and new media platforms come as the 2020 elections approaches.

Infrastructure is one of the most important things to voters. By claiming credit for another government's project, some politicians may be hoping to present their party as strong on infrastructural development and gain favour with voters

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