In a statement presented on the floor of Parliament Tuesday, the member of parliament said Ghana’s railway sector which was once the best in the sub-region is now a pale-shadow itself.
According to him, the challenges the railway sector is currently bedeviled with is as a result of neglect by successive regimes since the later part of the 1960s when the sector was starved of essential foreign exchange, local and foreign inputs for normal repairs and replacement works.
“The fact still remains that, the decline of the Ghana Railway was further worsened when in the early 1970’s an uncontrolled proliferation of heavy road articulated trucks came in to take over haulage of cocoa and timber to the ports. By 1983, the once proud Ghana Railway had virtually collapsed and was carrying fractions of what i used to do, a total of 350,000 tonnes of freight and less than two million passengers a year, Hon. Annoh-Dompreh said.
Honourable Annoh-Dompreh whose statement received backing from colleague members of parliament entreated government to prioritize reviving the railway transportation system in order to boost the National Economy.
“I think concessionary arrangements should be made and stringent measures be put in place to check the system in order not to further slow operations as we are experiences now,” he added.
The Accra-Tema rail line in 2013 carted less than 50% of its targeted 2,156,858 passengers, thus 971,183. A situation the Head of Public Affairs, Mrs Elena Aikins describes as not encouraging.
She however expressed optimism at the prospects of Ghana’s railway sector saying with the appropriate investment, it could finance itself and post profit to become financially independent.