In collaboration with the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), the Ministry of Railway Development is reviving the railway training school at Tarkwa in the Western Region.
The training institute has enough facilities to run tertiary courses and train technical personnel for industry, academia and entrepreneurs.
Joe Ghartey, Minister of Railway Development, promised to transform the defunct railway school into a world class technical Training Institute as part of government’s efforts to revamp the railway sector.
Last year, the Ministry of Railway Development and University of Mines and Technology (UMaT) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a Railway University at the Railway Training school at Essikado.
The proposed Railway University would offer technical and educational training in various disciplines in the railway sector.
The Minister earlier remarked “it’s possible and we can do it just as Ghana Telecom did some years back and now, we have Ghana Technology University running all over the country.”
He promised to work assiduously to revamp Ghana’s crippling railway sector to transform the economy.
He mentioned that the restructuring of the railway sector began with the reconstruction of the railways along the Eastern and Western lines, among others.
Mr. Ghartey said that the government was committed to addressing issues related to already existing lines.
“Negotiations are ongoing with some private investors as to whether a Built, Operate and Transfer system could also be adopted.
“What will happen in Ghana if we agree to expand the railway is an economic explosion. The transformation of the economy can only happen or will happen if we invest in the railway,” he added.
The Minister further stated that Ghana’s dream of economic transformation would only materialize if government focuses on expanding the railway sector.