Paramount Chief of Essikadu Traditional Area Nana Kobina Nketsiah V has commended the Minister for railways redevelopment for ongoing measures rolled out to revamp the sector.
Nana Kobina Nketsiah V has noted his amazement at the level of transformation in less than a year.
He is particularly awed at the 35 percent pay increase and expressed the confidence the gesture will boast the morale of the workers to give off their best.
“When l heard the 35% increase in the salary of railways worker’s l almost fainted. This was beyond amazement. I could not believe it”.
“Can you imagine that now I’m told about holiday packages? When I heard that I was very happy that life is coming back to the railways”.
The outspoken Paramount Chief a year ago at a meeting of Workers of the Ghana Railways Company Limited gave the Minister Joe Ghartey two years to change the face of the railways or he will lead a demonstration for his dismissal.
But the Paramount Chief’s high praise of the minister will suggest that public protest will not be necessary after all.
According to him the President, Nana Addo hit the bull’s eye when he appointed Joe Ghartey to lead the transformation of the railways.
“I now understand that our President made a very careful choice in choosing Hon Joe Ghartey to head this ministry”.
Nana Nketsiah V entreated the Workers Union to be resolute in the drive to change the fortunes of the sector.
According to him, the Railways Workers Union embodies the destiny of Ghana, hence “if the union fails Ghana also fails for there is nothing more important than the Ghana Railways Workers Union”.
The Paramount Chief observed that recent carnage on our road means an alternative mode of transportation is urgently needed.
“Look at the numerous accidents on our roads. Look at how bad our roads have become and you know some of the cars are not meant to ply them”.
So now it is very important that we all support government to revamp the rail as it will take a chunk of the load off our roads, the Paramount Chief said.
“We can’t afford to let this country down, it goes against the spirit of Africa… Anyone who loves Ghana will be behind the railways especially this union”.