Mahama, Togo Prez to commission railway project

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Ghana and neighbouring Togo are due to commence two major projects in the water and transport sectors that will enhance development partnership between the two countries.

The President of the Republic of Togo, Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé, is on a three-day State visit to Ghana. The visit is expected to further enhance friendly ties between Ghana and Togo.

President Faure Nyansingbe and his Ghanaian counterpart John Mahama will commission a railway project that will operate from Aflao in the Volta Region into Togo to serve the domestic cement industry there.

The two presidents will also sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Ghana’s supply of potable water from the Volta River to Togo.

Presidential spokesperson, Ben Dotse Marlor told Citi News the two projects will also benefit Ghanaians living in the surrounding communities.

He said, “the railway project is largely Togolese led and it is to move the goods from the cement factory which is next door to Lome basically in Aflao, but leading into Togo. Bags of cement will be transported easily from the factory into the port and into the country for distribution to other areas.”

On the water project, Ben Marlor said, “if you look at the part of the Volta that ends up into the sea at Ada, there is a memorandum of understanding being considered whereby that water will be processed and piped from that part of our country into the Togolese capital Lome.”

“The extra advantage for us as Ghanaians is that along the way, from the treatment plant going into Togo, many major towns and villages on the way will also be served by this treated water,” he added.

Faure Gnassingbe is in Ghana for a three-day working visit which is expected to further develop, enhance and consolidate the friendly and brotherly relations existing between Ghana and Togo, its people and the two leaders.

The bilateral discussions between the two sides will focus on a joint water project that will serve Ghana and Togo, Energy, Security and Health.

The two presidents on November 3, 2014, opened a joint Ghana-Togo border post at Noefe in the Volta Region.

The project is aimed at reducing the frustrations citizens go through at the borders and to facilitate trade between member states.

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