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The Ghana Railway Workers Union (GRWU) and the Association of Railway Senior Officers (ARSO) have charged government to reverse the shutdown of the Ghana Manganese Company Limited (GMCL) located in Tarkwa in the Western Region.

The order to halt operations came after a financial analysis of the company's operations between 2010 and 2017 revealed that it had caused a revenue loss of about $360 million (GHS1.94 billion) to the state.

Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Mr Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh, who announced the shutdown at a press conference said the country lost $12.8 million in royalties due, $79 million in corporate taxes due and $6.1 million in dividends.

After a meeting to deliberate on the development on Thursday, 8 August 2019, the GRWU and the ARSO said in a joint statement that government must “resolve the issue holistically as this closure has serious repercussions on the Ghana Railway Company Limited and its workers as well as their families”.

The statement which was signed by GRWU General Secretary Godwill Ntarmah and ARSO President Paul Angu noted that: “the mainstay of the Ghana Railway Co. Ltd. now, is the revenue from haulage of manganese ore from Nsuta to the Takoradi harbour for export. This ensures the payment of salaries and other obligations to railway workers”.

They also called for the “speedy revamping of the Western Rail Lines from Kojokrom to Awaso to ensure diversification of the operation of the Ghana Railway Company Limited by hauling other commodities such as bauxite ore, cocoa, cement etc.”

Source: Ghana/ClassFMonline

Last modified on Friday, 09 August 2019

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