National Executive Council of the Ghana Railway Workers Union (GRWU) has noted with grave concern the indiscriminate manner the Ghana Railway Development Authority (GRDA) is leasing railway lands and offices to private individuals across the length and breadth of the railway network.
That, according to them, does not encourage public confidence in the government’s efforts to revamp the railway sector, and considering the already bad situation on hand in respect of massive encroachments, are of the view that the situation cannot be allowed to continue.
Against this backdrop, they called for a review of the Railway ACT 779 of 2008, which has vested all assets hitherto in the care of Ghana Railway Company Limited (GRCL) to GRDA, with the view of returning all assets back to GRCL since GRCL was still a growing concern.
There should be an immediate ban on all forms of leases of railway lands whereas all leases of railway lands and offices already made in recent times should be reviewed.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the 2018 National Executive Council in Takoradi, General Secretary of GRWU, Godwill Ntarmah, commended the Minister for Railways Development for his personal role in securing a 35% salary adjustment for railway workers effective last July, ensuring regular salary payment of workers from last July and procuring a ballast for effective maintenance of the existing rail tracks.
He added that the ministry secured a contract for the rehabilitation of the Railway Training School and some workshops at location, procured wooden sleepers for the strengthening of the tracks, recruitment of critical staff in GRCL and ensuring some Christmas package for workers last December after more than a decade.
Mr Ntarmah was hopeful that action will be taking on their resolution so as to restore confidence in the general public. “However, if no action is taken after this resolution, the Union will have no option than to remind the powers that be”, he emphasised.
Story: From Seth AMEYAW DANQUAH, TAKORADI, WESTERN REGION