wpid-nigeria-derailed-railway-2011-3-31-14-1-32.jpgA call by Hon Stephen Kwaku Balado Manu, former New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for the Ahafo Ano South Constituency in the Ashanti Region on the government to revert the burnt Kantamanto market to its original intended use as a national railway terminal, has yielded positive results from the Mahama administration.

On Tuesday May 14, 2013, the Minister of Transport, Dzifa Attivor disclosed that, as part of measures to revamp the railway sector, the government has decided to develop the fire-ravaged Katamanto market into a modern rail station.

According to the Minister, the government has taken advantage of the unfortunate spectacle that rocked the market to give the railway industry a major facelift to give meaning to government?s intended plans to revamp the railway sub-sector.

Confirming this on an Accra based radio station, Citi Fm, Hon Attivor intimated that ?We are now ready to develop the rail sector. The station will come with some facilities e.g. shops, restaurants and restrooms?.

The Minister?s revelation comes in the wake of criticism by the former opposition law-maker of government?s earlier decision to rebuild the burnt Kantomanto market into a modern shopping center. Hon Balado Manu said the decision by government, demonstrates inherent contradictions and lack of foresight.

He accused the Mahama administration of being inconsistent in its developmental agenda, questioning; what has happened to the same government?s intention of revamping the railway system.

In his opinion, instead of government developing the destroyed Kantamanto market into a modern market, the land should rather be reverted to its original intended use as a national railway terminal, under the planned rehabilitation and expansion of the railway sub-sector.

Government?s latest u-turn also follows serious disagreement between the city authorities and traders at the market over plans by the Accra Metropolitan Assembly to transform the land into a modern shopping center.

Responding to the issue, Hon Dzifa Attivor noted that government is committed to building the terminal, adding that ?We want to take this opportunity to appeal to the traders that they should not go back there because we are going to develop the rail lines.

Meanwhile, the Minister has given a directive for the demolition of all houses and structures that have been erected on lands demarcated for the project.

Fire gutted the Kantamanto market two weeks ago destroying the entire market leading to massive loss of goods and properties.

Source: The Al-Hajj

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