By Iddi Yire, GNA
Accra, Aug. 31,
GNA - Dr Thomas Mensah, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Silicon Valley of
Ghana, has reiterated the need for high-speed rail system in Ghana, in order to
accelerate the nation's socioeconomic development.
is a type of rail transport that operates significantly faster than traditional
rail traffic, using an integrated system of specialized rolling stock and
While there is
no single standard that applies worldwide, new lines in excess of 250
kilometres per hour (160 mph) and existing lines in excess of 200 kilometres
per hour (120 mph) are widely considered to be high-speed.
He said in
other words, Ghanaians could not for 50 years go from Tema/Accra to Kumasi in
five hours on a single lane road.
cannot develop that way. You cannot develop when it takes you 12 hours to
travel from Accra to Tamale on a single lane road. So, on my hundred year
development agenda, I say we should have a high-speed train in Ghana. Some
people call it bullet train. But I want it to have the speed of the train in
Japan, have the speed of the train in China.....You get to move Ghana from
where it is to where it should be. You sit on a train and you are in Kumasi in
Dr Mensah made
the appeal in his presentation at the fourth National Development Forum public
lecture series in Accra.
which was organised by the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), was
under the theme: “Mastering Technology for Innovation and Transformation of
Dr Mensah said
in order to accelerate Ghana's socioeconomic development there was the need to
expand infrastructure and industry.
He said Ghana
at this stage of her development needed high-speed train systems, aircraft
maintenance facility and underground drainage systems to solve the problem of
annual flooding in the cities.
high-speed trains are now in some African countries such as Morocco, Kenya and
Ethiopia; hence, Ghana could not afford to be left behind.
“If Kenya can
do it, then we can. It’s not that we can’t, money is not the problem. The
consensus is to get the train from here all the way to Burkina Faso," Dr
Samuel P. Owusu-Ofori, Adjunct Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering,
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), who chaired the
forum said innovation without transformation was something else.
the youth innovates, those who are in-charge should try to use the knowledge or
whatever they have created to benefit the country."
Adei, the Chairman of the NDPC, said the forum was meant to engage on pertinent
national issues, which hopefully they would have it sustained for the years to
He said the
technology revolution is here and that Ghana must strive to benefit from it.
Mensah Sackey, Director, Technology Programme, KNUST, called on government to
help establish Ghana's maiden Technology Park at the KNUST, to help transform
the nation into a major technology gaint in the ECOWAS sub-region.