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Ghanaians Could Soon Travel from Accra to Lagos by Train – Railway Minister Promises

The Minister for Railway Development, John Peter Amewu, has affirmed the government’s dedication to linking railway networks with neighboring nations.

Addressing the launch of the 2025 Africa Prosperity Dialogues in Accra, Minister Amewu emphasized that plans to modernize and extend the railway network across the ECOWAS bloc are progressing as planned.

He disclosed that feasibility studies have been conducted for the Trans-ECOWAS line, which stretches from Lomé to Ivory Coast.

Minister Amewu highlighted the joint railway project initiated by President Akufo Addo and the Burkina Faso government as one of the ambitious plans, which unfortunately stalled due to political changes in Burkina Faso.

The project aimed to connect Ghana’s Tema through Mpakadan, the Volta Region, Tamale, Paga, and all the way to Burkina Faso.

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One of the major challenges in executing such projects, according to the Minister, is securing Public-Private Partnership (PPP) agreements.

He noted that the estimated viability gap for the Ghana-Burkina Faso railway project exceeded $1.2 billion.

However, Minister Amewu assured that a railway linking Ghana and Nigeria is feasible if the government addresses the viability gap.

He stated, “Traveling by train from Ghana to Nigeria is possible; we’ve started constructing a railway from Ghana to Burkina Faso, so why not Nigeria? As and when we expand, and there is a lot of voting power there, it can be done.”

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