President John Mahama has made known, the government’s intention to construct a railway line from Tema in the Greater Accra Region to Akosombo in the Eastern Region.
This announcement was made after his Excellency met with the visiting Indian President, Pranab Mukherjee. According to him, the railway line will be strategic in the movement of people and goods to the Northern part of the country via the Volta River with Akosombo as the point of entry. The President is thus, courting support from the Indian government to make this project a reality.
“The Tema Akosombo Railway line is an important project to Ghana because it is going to enable us pick containers and other cargo including fuel products, cement and other such products along the 88 kilometre railway line to Akosombo which is a port on the lower end of the Volta River.
“From this port we will be able to push these products along the Volta lake to the Northern ports at a place called Buipe and from Buipe those containers can continue either to the three Northern regions of Ghana or if they are bound for Burkina Faso, Mali and other countries, they can be transported from Buipe to our neighbours,”said President Mahama.
With India currently being the largest foreign investor in Ghana with over 700 investment projects, President Pranab Mukherjee is in the country to have discussions that will focus on enhancing economic trade between the two countries. Talks on India’s continued support for Ghana’s development process especially the quest to boost industrialisation and agro-processing under the Agenda for Transformation will be held among other multilateral issues.