The Secretary to the Railway Workers Union, Goodwill Ntamah has urged President Akufo-Addo to ensure that the new Railways Ministry be provided with resources to ensure its efficiency, else its creation will be pointless.
According to Mr Ntamah, while the idea behind the creation of the ministry at this particular time is good for the sector, and the country at large, the president will regret his decision if the ministry is not supported with adequate resources.
President Akufo-Addo announced the creation of the new ministry on Wednesday January 11, and nominated Joe Ghartey, Member of Parliament for Essikado-Ketan, as its Minister-designate.
Speaking on Accra FM, Mr Ntamah said, "Let me first of all commend the president for the creation of the Ministry of Railway [Development]. If you look at the railway sector through the national lens, you will realise that it is important for us to be interested in the development of our railway.
And, so, the president has done well with the creation of the railway ministry. The minister who has also been designated knows much about the sector, he knows the history and the challenges confronting the sector and the workers. We the railway workers know him very well and, so, I am happy that he is the one who has been designated to handle the sector. He alone cannot do the work; we as workers, as managers, as stakeholders, and everybody, should come on board and see the railway as a national asset and bring it back on track to create employment for Ghanaians."
He further noted the level of unemployment facing individuals who have completed technical schools, stating that if the railway sector was functioning effectively, there would no such unemployment issues.
He affirmed that the railway workers including him, are willing to support the new ministry and the minister in charge of it to ensure that it succeeds.
"We will also appeal to the government to commit more resources and money to the ministry. That should be paramount to the government because if you create the ministry but fail to resource it in terms of cash, the idea for its creation won’t work and we will regret creating that ministry," he added.