Ghanaians boil with anger after gov’t announces free train rides in January 2019


Some Ghanaians have expressed their anger after news of free train rides in January 2019 was announced by the acting managing director of the Ghana Railway Company Limited, John Essel.

As part of the activities lined up to celebrate the 120th anniversary of the company, Essel revealed that there will be free services for rail commuters from January 8 to 19 2019 on the Tema-Accra line.

He added that the company will charge a flat rate of GHC5 per train ride after January 19, 2019.

A Ghanaian trainThe acting managing director also took the opportunity to apologize to Ghanaians for the company’s inability to commence the Accra-Nsawam shuttle service before the end of 2018 as planned. He explained that there was the need for additional work to be done on the Kotoku-Nsawam section of the line to strengthen the structural integrity of the track. Essel further noted that there was also the need to deal with encroachment and remove unauthorised level crossings. Hi announcement however didn’t receive the expected reaction from some Ghanaians, who expressed their reservations about the intent: Timgad wondered why Ghanaians won’t hide their shame.


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The Ghana Railway Company Limited will run free services for rail commuters from January 8 to 19 on the Tema-Accra line as part of its 120th Anniversary Celebration.

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