Facelift For Railway Sector – Daily Guide Africa

Joe Ghartey (third left) and Richard Dombo (fourth right) at the meeting with some staff of GRDA and Ghana Railways Company Limited

The newly-appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana Railway Development Authority (GRDA), Richard Diedong Dombo, has indicated that steps are being taken to attract huge investments to transform the railways subsector.

He stated that key stakeholders in the industry such as GRDA, the Ministry of Railways Development, among others, had resolved to team up in order to develop the subsector to help open up the country to trade.

Addressing the media on Tuesday in Accra, Mr. Dombo said while railways have played key role in the development of the Western world, the same cannot be said in Ghana.

“In Ghana, the railways sector has been a sleeping giant but with the correct focus, the right personnel, the right investment, we will begin to see a facelift,” he said.

He indicated that “first we will have an efficient alternate travel mode for passengers and off course exploit the revenue from supplying landlocked countries like Burkina Faso and the rest of them.”

“So therefore we have a task in hand but it is a challenge that is surmountable. We have got the right minister in place, Hon Joe Ghartey,” he added.

He said that Ghana Railway Company Limited and the Ghana Railway Development Authority shall form a strong partnership to ensure that the necessary infrastructural transformations are carried out in the sector under the supervision of the sector minister.

He thanked the President for reposing confidence in him.

Hon. Joe Ghartey said the necessary measures were being taken to position the railway subsector to attract investments.

He congratulated Mr. Dombo on his appointment as the new CEO of GRDA, expressing the belief that he (Dombo) shall use his expertise to develop the railways subsector.

By Melvin Tarlue

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