The Minister of Railways Development, Joe Ghartey has promised to work assiduously to revamp Ghana's crippling railway sector to transform the economy.
The Minister gave the assurance when he appeared before Parliament’s Appointment Committee to be vetted.
Joe Ghartey said he will kick-start the restructuring of the railway sector with the reconstruction of the railways along the Eastern and Western lines, among others.
“What will happen in Ghana if we agree to expand the railway is an economic explosion. What we are thinking about, about the transformation of the economy can only happen or will happen the fastest if we invest in the railway,” he said.
The Minister further stated that, Ghana’s dream of economic transformation will only materialize if government focuses on expanding the railway sector.
“From Kumasi to Buipe forms the bread basket of this nation, we are convinced beyond doubt that if this line is developed, the price of foodstuffs, the economic benefits will be unimaginable. Mr Chairman, fuel is 50% less if it is carried by rail. Cocoa is 25% less if it is carried by rail,” he said.
Joe Ghartey said a revamping of the railway sector will improve the lives of Ghanaians and productivity, by reducing the stress people go through using congested roads, as they are forced to spend several hours in traffic.