Railway workers in the country have commended the current government for the various initiatives it is implementing to bring the railway sector back on track.
According to the Railway workers, the last few months had witnessed some form of hope being restored to them (workers) and attributed it to the commitment of government and the enthusiasm of the Minister for Railway Development, Hon Joe Ghartey.
The General Secretary of the Ghana Railway Workers Union, Godwill Ntarmah who revealed this indicated that workers over the years had seen serious challenges due to the neglect of the sector including inadequate pay packages and salary arrears among others.
He was speaking at a mini-durbar organized by workers of railways in honor of the British High Commissioner to Ghana Iain Walker who visited the new railway terminal at European town in Sekondi in the company of Ghanaian born British Member of Parliament (MP), Adam Afriyie led by the Minister of Railway Development Joe Ghartey on Friday November 10, 2017.
The Minister for Railways Development, Joe Ghartey reiterated that railway development would transform Ghana’s economy since it would improve business activities in other sectors of the country’s economy and assured the workers that various measures are being put in place to ensure the improvement of the living standards of railway workers.
The Minister also announced government’s intention to extend the rail lines from Kojokrom to Tarkwa and to Paga to help strengthen Ghana’s trade relations with the neighboring countries.
Ghanaian born UK Trade envoy to Ghana and three time British Conservative Party Member of Parliament for Windsor also spoke to Empire News on the British government’s quest to support Ghana’s rail development.