Minister for Railways Development, John Peter Amewu has told Parliament that government has not sold any lands at CMB ‘Abuja’ in Accra belonging to Railway Company to any private developer or corporate body.
Though the lands he said are leased to some entities, they are not sold and still belongs to Ghana Railway Company Limited. These entities are Ghana Cocoa Board, National Investment Bank, First Eye Limited, Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU), and J.A. Lord Care Enterprise.
The rest are Wood Merchant and Trading Company, Pioneer Merchant, Original Embossment, and Conna Bless Enterprise Geofort Enterprise.
Mr. Peter Amewu noted that, land encroachment is one of the main challenges affecting the development of the railway sector.
This according to him, this is due to the fact that the sector was neglected for far too long which made some people believe that the railway operations were never going to be back.
“This was aided by the weak administrative and institutional oversight responsibilities. All these contributed to create a fertile ground for wanton encroachment on railway lands across the country. Private individuals and corporate entities have encroached on lands within and outside the right-of-way and thus making government’s commitment to revamp the sector difficult and costly”, he noted.
Mr. Peter Amewu made these remarks when answering questions on the floor of Parliament posed by the NDC Member of Parliament (MP) for Klottey Korle, Dr. Zanetor Agyeman-Rawlings.
The NDC lawmaker had asked the Railways Development Minister the status of the land in and around the CMB ‘Abuja’ Market and whether any portion of the said land has been sold and if so, to whom, having regards to the developments in the area.