The former Transport Minister and National Welfare Committee Chairperson of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Hon. Dzifa Aku Attivor, has responded to some misgivings expressed by a former Deputy General Secretary of the party, Mr. Koku Anyidoho.
Mr. Anyidoho, in a comment on a picture of the ongoing Tema-Akosombo rail line project he posted on social media, wondered whether what he saw was truly a tangible project being executed (obviously by the current government) or it was a mirage; ostensibly in a subtle attempt to discredit claims by the NDC that the Akufo Addo-led NPP government has very little to show in terms of infrastructural projects. He wrote:
“Just drove through a town called, Luom; close to Agomeda, on my way to Asutuare, and I saw this railway line under construction. I pray it is not a mirage”
Tall among the numerous responses he got from social media users, who expressed disapprobation over his newfound penchant to run down the NDC at the least opportunity, was that of the former Minister of State who took to her Facebook wall to enlighten the former Deputy General Secretary. She wrote:
“Kwaku it’s not a mirage. It’s real. JM secured a $394m Indian Exim facility for the construction of the Tema to Akosombo rail line. That is exactly what you saw,” she said, seeking to quel the seeming propaganda behind Mr. Anyidoho’s comment, adding “At the time this facility was approved in parliament in 2016, you were the Deputy General Secretary of the NDC. Maybe you didn’t know. Now you know.”
The erstwhile Mahama administration, in accordance with the developed railway master plan, signed an agreement through the Ghana Railway Development Authority with Messier Afcon of India to use a credit from India to construct the Tema- Akosombo rail line. According to the agreement, this would be a multi-modal rail line linking the port of Tema to the Lake Port of Akosombo after cabinet and parliamentary approvals were received. The Export-Import Bank of India (Exim Bank) had accordingly allocated $398.33m for design and construction of the 84km railway between Tema in the Greater Accra region and the Lake Volta port of Akosombo, with work scheduled to commence in early 2017.
Hon. Dzifa Attivor averred that having occupied one of the most sensitive executive positions of the party at the time this deal was engineered, Mr. Koku Anyidoho could neither be oblivious of nor claim ignorance of this project which is a brainchild of the Mahama-led NDC adminiatration.