Franklin Cudjoe, President of IMANI Africa, is inquiring further about the government’s recent decision to purchase new trains for Ghana.
This investigation follows the government’s statement that it will improve the nation’s railway transit infrastructure by acquiring 12 new diesel-powered trains, which are expected to arrive in the middle of February.
These trains are supposed to be used on Ghana Railways’ long- and regional-distance lines.
On Friday, January 19, 2024, Deputy Information Minister Fatimatu Abubakar verified the story by posting pictures of the trains on her social media accounts.
In a Facebook post on January 20, 2024, the Ministry of Railways Development Ghana also stated that the trains will soon come for testing and operationalization on the recently constructed 100-kilometer Tema to MPakadan railway line.
“Modern Diesel Multiple Units (DMUs) soon to arrive for testing and operationalization on the new 100km Tema to MPakadan railway line,” stated the Railways Ministry’s Facebook.
On January 22, 2024, though, Mr. Cudjoe posted on Facebook with a number of inquiries about the trains.
Read Franklin Cudjoe’s post below:
He has made a number of requests for information, including clarification on the planned use of the recently purchased trains, information on the projected plan or contract of the acquisition, and insights into the train procurement process.
In addition, Mr. Cudjoe is asking the Ministry for details on the Sky Train commitment, particularly in view of the purported $2.5 million that was spent on the transaction.
He is eager to learn how the Ministry plans to get the money back from this transaction.