Ghana-Togo railway line cements warm relations – Mahama

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Updated Fri, 28 Nov 2014 10:31:25 GMT

President John Mahama has said a 23-km railway line connecting Ghana to Togo brings the two neighbours closer together than ever.

President Mahama and his Togolese counterpart Faure Gnassingbé jointly inaugurated the railway line Thursday.

The line connects the Port of Togo and Diamond Cement Ghana at Aflao.

The project was jointly funded by WACEM Group of Togo and Diamond Cement Ghana at a cost of $8 million.

The railway line, constructed by Togo-Rail with technical support from Ghana railway development authority, will facilitate the transportation of raw materials from the Togo port to the cement factory.

Its inauguration ended the 3-day state visit of the Togolese president to Ghana.

Inaugurating the project, President Mahama said: “This truly represents a huge milestone in the development of the warm cordial and brotherly relations between our two countries.”

“I’m very glad to say that relations between our two countries dating back many decades and centuries have been raised to a whole higher level over the past few days,” the President said.

He added: “Our two people are the same. We share the same names. We share the same culture, we eat the same foods. We speak the same language. Indeed we dance the same…We have the same music, and we look the same. You can’t tell a difference between a Ghanaian and a Togolese. And so it means that we are one and the same people that is why the borderline between us is really artificial.”