- Nana Akufo-Addo has commissioned an over-bridge on the landmark Tema-Mpakadan railway project
- After the commissioning on Tuesday, December 2, 2022 the president said he was impressed by the progress of work
- When completed the project will open up the Volta Lake to the transportation of fuel, cement, containerised cargo and agricultural produce from the northern enclave to the Port of Tema
President Nana Akufo-Addo has commissioned an over-bridge on the ongoing multi-modal Tema-Mpakadan railway project.
After commissioning the Afienya Road over-bridge on the railway line project on Tuesday, December 6, 2022, the president also inspected work on the Volta Rail Bridge which is built over the famous Volta River to assess the status of work.
Akufo-Addo said in a Facebook post that he has after a few outstanding works on the project it will be completed and the project handed over to government for operations.
He said the project can be handed to the government within the first half of 2023.
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"I also had the opportunity to inspect some of the ongoing works at the Afienya Railway Station, as well as the works on the track, and I was very happy with the progress made so far," the president said.
The Tema-Mpakadan-Buipe multi-modal transport project is expected to link the Tema Port in Ghana's capital, to the lake transport network in the north-south of the country.
The project, when completed, will enable the movement of goods and people over a distance of some 400 kilometres between the north, south and north of the country.
It will also open up the Volta Lake to the transportation of fuel, cement, containerised cargo and agricultural produce from the northern parts of the country to the Port of Tema.
Funding for the audacious railway project is by the Export-Import Bank of India (India Exim Bank), an export finance institution owned by the Government of India.
The India-based Exim Bank has pledged $447m in funding to support the project’s design and construction. It is providing the funding in the form of a buyer’s credit under a National Export Insurance Account (NEIA).
Parliament has approved a $230 million budget for the purchase of rolling stock for the project.
Netizens Hail Development Of Tema-Mpakadan Railway Project
Meanwhile, YEN.com.gh reported in separate story that the start of the Tema-Mpakadan railway project has been praised by Ghanaians on social media.
In a post on Twitter, @YouthAllianceM2 shared beautiful photos of the railway project and captioned it, "this is why I defend the government every day. Yes, things are hard, but I can see the projects."
Ghanaians were pleased to learn of the construction of the 97.6 km long railway project when it initially became public since it will make commuting easier for many locals.
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