The company building the Tema-Mpakadan rail line, India-based AFCONS Infrastructure Limited, has reported that approximately 100,000 Ghanaians have been employed since the project’s inception.
Udai Veer Singh, Vice President of AFCONS Infrastructure Limited, stated that this is part of the company’s efforts to empower indigenes in the areas where its projects are implemented.
“At the moment, over a hundred thousand locals are working throughout the entire project. This was a novel technology in the field. Despite the fact that Ghana had a railway system on its charts, it was not operational.”
The Tema-Mpakadan railway line is part of the 1,000-kilometer Ghana-Burkina Faso Railway Interconnectivity Project, which will connect Ghana from Tema to the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou.
The Indian EXIM BANK is funding the project with $447 million.
Mr Singh expressed optimism that by the end of the project, sufficient information transfer would have occurred.
“We only had a few experts from outside the region, but everyone else who works there is local.” Here, too, all of the people laying the track are locals, so they got involved, equipped with modern techniques and workmanship, which means they should be able to contribute in the long run because when this sector opens up, people will be needed for its operations and maintenance.”
“So the people who engaged the locals right from the start with us and got the expertise, they (the locals) would benefit from that,” he added.
The Senior Executive of AFCONS shared this information during an inspection of the project by the Sector Minister, John Peter Amewu.
The Minister who was impressed with the rate of work expressed confidence that it will be completed by November this year.