Four persons, have been arrested at Twifo Nuamakrom in the Central Region for cutting railway lines that pass through Twifo Nuamakrom through to Assin Fosu.
The suspects loaded the railway lines onto a tricycle (Aboboyaa) and covered it with plantain leaves in a bid to avoid suspicion and evade arrest.
However, luck eluded them when they were arrested by residents and handed over to Twifo Ati-Morkwa police.
The Chief of Twifo Nuamakrom, Nana Akrofi I, who led the arrest said, he became suspicious after realizing that the tricycle could not move freely as it should perhaps, due to the heavy load it was carrying.
Out of curiosity, he decided to find out what load the tricycle was carrying.
To his amazement, a large portion of the heavy railway line made of steel, had been cut and were being carted away to be sold as scrap.
The discovery then led to the arrests of the suspects, who were handed over to the police, Nana Akrofi I, disclosed.
The suspects whose names are not readily available, are likely to be in court later this week.
The arrests comes just days after the Burkina Faso Transport Minister, Vincent Dabilguo met with Ghana’s Minister for Railways Development, John-Peter Amewu to Accra discuss the ongoing Ghana-Burkina Faso railway inter-connectivity project.
The about one thousand one hundred kilometre railway interconnection between Ghana and Burkina Faso is expected to begin by the middle of next year all things be equal.
This is the timeline from both countries towards the project as three successful bidders have been shortlisted for the project.
The line which will also connect two regional capitals in Ghana will be used as another form of transportation and open up trade between the two countries.
The vision to have a railway inter-connectivity between the port of Tema and the capital city of Ouagadougou remain a key priority due to its importance in accelerating the socio economic growth and development of Ghana and Burkina Faso.
The bidders’ conference in Accra was to open up some discussions between the two governments, the bidders and the concessionaires on the project.
The three bidders that were engaged at the bidders’ conference which includes Frontline Investors Thelo BD, Mota Angel Africa and Siemens AIIM are expected to submit their technical and financial proposals by July this year to enable the two countries continue with the process.
According to Railways Development Minister, John Peter Amewu, the project is on course as planned.
“There are many considerations that must be taken into the project due to its nature; and we found this as the platform for that because many of them [railway projects] are critical to us as a government and as investors”.
“These are critical to the timelines which is by the second quarter of next year to begin some physical construction works”, he emphasized.
On his part, the Minister for Transport, Urban Mobility and Road Safety of Burkina Faso, Vincent Dabilgou noted that his country cannot wait to see this rail line operating.
“We in the Burkina Faso see this as an urgent project even more than Ghana, so our government is committed to it.”
“Our President has given orders and land demarcation has been done and released for this important project because it’s a very huge economic importance”, he explained.
The line stretches from Mpakadan through Hohoe and Yendi to the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou.