Bilateral Ties Akufo-Addo lobbies Burkina Faso over Accra-Ouagadougou railway

President Akufo-Addo, who began a two-day of Burkina Faso on Thursday after visiting Togo, said the initiative will bring prosperity to the two countries and ease the movement of goods and people.

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President Nana Akufo-Addo has lobbied Burkina Faso to work with Accra to launch the Accra-Ouagadougou railway project, saying it will be the highlight of his presidency.

President Akufo-Addo, who began a two-day of Burkina Faso on Thursday after visiting Togo, said the initiative will bring prosperity to the two countries and ease the movement of goods and people.

At a state dinner in Ouagadougou, he said: “it would be, for me, perhaps, the highlight of my presidency if, indeed, I was able, together with you (President Kaboré), to launch the beginning of the Accra-Ouagadougou railway project.”

He continued: “Right at the beginning of my government, I decided to establish a special Ministry for Railways Development in Ghana. In fact, the Minister himself is here to give testimony to the seriousness with which we look at this project.

“I would be very disappointed if the two sides are unable to find a solution to how we can get the Accra-Ouagadougou railway going.”

President Akufo-Addo also expressed concern about the yearly opening of the Bagre Dam spillway, which causes flooding in the 3 Northern Regions of Ghana, resulting in the destruction of lives, farmlands, livestock, and property.

“It is for this reason that the Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Hon. Kofi Adda, MP; the Minister for Works and Housing, Hon. Atta Akyea, MP, and the Minister for Agriculture, Hon. Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, accompanied President Akufo-Addo on his visit to Burkina Faso to find lasting solutions, with their Burkinabe counterparts, to this phenomenon, by channelling the water spilled from the dam into productive ventures for the mutual benefit of the two countries,” he said.

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