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Akufo-Addo cuts sod for €500 million Manso to Huni Valley railway line

President Akufo-Addo said it is the largest single investment in rail infrastructure since Ghana attained independence and that it will take 42 months to complete.

The President lamented that one of the greatest tragedies of Ghana’s post-colonial history was letting her railway infrastructure, established under colonial authority, to utterly decay while speaking to the crowd at Manso, in the Amenfi Central District.

He said that just 10% of the 947 kilometers of colonial narrow-gauge rail network left by the colonialists were in use.

The 15-kilometer narrow gauge railway line from Sekondi to Takoradi through Kojokrom, constructed between 2012 and 2017, is the only addition to the network.

Because of his conviction that an effective railway system is essential to the success and prosperity of Ghana, President Akufo-Addo remarked that upon taking office in January 2017, he was resolved to reverse this statistic. For this reason, he re-established the Ministry of Railways Development.

“The groundbreaking ceremony held today is only one of several infrastructure improvements planned to increase the availability of train services. The construction of a new standard gauge railway line between the Port of Tema and Mpakadan in the Asuogyaman District of the Eastern Region is a crucial component of the ongoing rail developments in Ghana.

The President stated that the project has reached an advanced level of construction and will shortly be turned over to the government for operation.

He also mentioned that the Western Railway Line is progressing as planned, with construction of the 22-kilometer portion of the line from Kojokrom to Manso expected to be finished by the end of the year.

The law will take its course, and criminals will get the proper consequences and punishment, President Akufo-Addo also issued a stern warning to those who continue to commit these crimes.

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