The Member of Parliament for the Hohoe Constituency and Minister for Railways Development John-Peter Amewu has delivered his first ever statement as the Minister for Railways Development when sworn into office by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-AddoAddo.
In a statement, the former Lands and Natural Resources Minister and the Energy Minister said;
A few days ago at the Jubilee house, I was sworn-in as the Minister for Railways Development following my nomination and approval by the vetting committee of parliament. I would first like to express my heartfelt gratitude to the almighty God for this privilege and opportunity. I also wish to thank my Boss, the President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for his confidence in me.
I will also like to thank my wife and family, the good people of Hohoe constituency, the New Patriotic Party fraternity, my well-wishers all across Ghana and the world, the Ghanaian media and not forgetting the good people on social media who promoted and projected the Hohoe for development agenda —I am grateful for all your support.
My gratitude and appreciation goes to everybody I worked with while at the Lands and Natural Resources Ministry and the Energy Ministry. I thank you all for your support and cooperation while I was there. I would like to also wish all 27 ministers with whom I was sworn in, a big congratulations. I know and believe that, through the grace and mercies of God, we will serve Ghana in the best way we can. I would like to wish my very good friends Hon. Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh all the best at the Energy ministry and Hon. Samuel Abu Jinapor the very best at the Lands and Natural Resources Ministry.
I want to also commend my predecessor Hon. Joe Ghartey for his good work at revamping the railway sector during his tenure.
As I said during my vetting, I want to leave a legacy of a revamped and robust railway sector driving Ghana’s transport sector and economy during and after my tenure.
One of the things I intend to do is to detach the Asset ownership role of the Ghana Railway Development Authority (GRDA) from its role as a regulator of the industry. I sincerely believe this would help bring efficiency and encourage the private sector to drive the growth of the industry.
It will also be my top priority as the new minister for Railways Development to speed up processes for the completion of the Intercontinental transportation system through rail from Tema to Burkina Faso to facilitate the supply of products and services while creating a good business bond with our neighboring Burkina Faso and beyond.
Also, I shall work to speed up the full implementation of Ghana’s Railway master plan which includes a comprehensive plan for the Western, Eastern, Central railway infrastructure, and the suburban railway infrastructure among others.
I would like to finally ask the good people of Ghana, employees, and other stakeholders of the railway development ministry for their unalloyed support and prayers to help me drive change in the railway sector. Thank you.
God bless Ghana. God bless us all.