My inspection tour started with a Curtesy call on Odeneho Kwafo Akoto III, Paramount Chief of Akwamu Traditional Area’s palace (Akwamufie) where we were warmly received, the palace visit was to introduce myself and my entourage and to also seek Odeneho kwafo Akoto III’s blessings before entering the Akwamu land for our inspection tour.
On behalf of H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, I expressed gov’t appreciation to the Akwamu people for their support and also reiterated the Akufo-Addo governments’ commitment to the railway industry’s development referencing the quantum of investments this government has done within these 4 years in terms of the expenditure combined been far more than the 16 years of the previous governments’ expenditure combined.
The Tema-Mpakadan railway project is currently over 80% complete; the completion and handover of this railway line are scheduled for November this year.
The 100km Akosombo-Mpakadan railway line is the beginning of the 1100km Ghana-Burkina Faso railway interconnectivity project, by the year 2022, construction work is scheduled to start on the remaining portions of this intercontinental line.
The Odeneho Kwafo Akoto III, in his speech, requested for some pedestrian footbridges to be incorporated into various parts of the railway line to prevent obstructions when the line becomes operational.
He also requested for his citizens to be considered for training and scholarship opportunities within the railway sector when these opportunities arise.
Finally, he also appealed for a community engagement with the Akwamu citizens by the Ministry and agencies to enlighten them on the soon-to-be operationalized railway line and how they can maximize its benefit as stakeholders.
To this end, I have tasked the Ministry and (GRDA) Ghana Railway Development Authority to within the next 30 days organize this stakeholder engagement with the Akwamu community.
After the visit to the Akwamuhene’s palace, Akwamufie we continued to inspect work on Mpakadan Railhead Terminal, Volta Rail Bridge, Doryumu Railway Station, and the completed truck works at km 27 to km 34 all at various parts of the 100 km Tema-Mpakadan railway line.
Accompanying me on the inspection tour were the Chief Director of the Railway Development Ministry Mr. Desmond Boateng, the acting CEO of the Ghana Railway Development Authority (GRDA) Mr. Yao Owusu, My Technical advisor at the ministry Mr. Allan Doegah, and others.