The Ministry of Railways and the University of Mines and Technology, UMaT at Tarkwa have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the establishment of a proposes Railways University at Essikado. This is in line with government's vision of ensuring the availability of skilled personnel for the development of rail industry in the country. The railway sector, from its glory days of the colonial era, has sunk to its lowest ever. It is believed that, the commencement of the deterioration of the railways coincided with independence due to the neglect of the sector by post colonial governments. Though there have been some attempts to revive the railways from 1984 through to 2016, they die not achieve the desired results leafing to the total collapse of the sector. The on-going rehabilitation and development of the railways coupled with the construction of new rail lines, it becomes imperative to have an available core of skilled rail engineers and others manpower to maintain and propel the growth of the sector. This informed the decision for the railway university hence the signing of the MOU between the Ministry of Railways and the University of Mines. The MOU will lead to the development of tertiary level certificate and degree programmes under the joint auspices of the two institutions and eventually lead to the establishment of the University of Railways and Infrastructural Development. The Vice Chancellor of UMaT, Professor Jerry Yao Kumah signed for his university, while the Minister for Railways Development, Mr Joe Ghartey signed for the ministry. The Sector Minister, Mr Joe Ghartey gives an overview of the rehabilitation works being done.
For his part, the Vice Chancellor of UMaT, Professor Jerry Yao Kumah said, as the best public funded university in the country, they will not rest on their oars to ensure that, government?s vision producing a critical mass of skilled personnel for the over industrialization of the county.
The Omanhene of Essikado, Nana Kobina Nketsia was happy for the increase in the budgetary allocation of the railway ministry. He stressed also the need for Ghanaians to be given the opportunity in the rehabilitation scheme of things even though we are in a globally competitive era.
RAILWAY UNIVERSITY IN THE OFFING AS MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS SIGNS MOU WITH UMaT FOR A RAILWAY UNIVERSITY.
"The greatest tragedy of our post-colonial history is the neglect of the railways", Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo-Addo,.