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Railways Training School to open in October – Deputy MD

The Deputy Managing Director of Ghana Railways Company Limited, Dr. Michael Anyetei has revealed that the Railway Training School in Essikado will start running courses beginning of October this year. This, he says, will be for workers of the Railway Company only.

According to him, this is to be used a test-run to pave way for the grand opening of the School to the public by early January 2019.

A portion of the frontage of the rehabilitated Railway Training School, Essikadu.

Dr. Anyetei made this known in an exclusive interview with Skyy News at the sidelines of a budget preparation of the Ministry of Railway Development at the Railway School yesterday. He said some resource persons will be brought in by October to start training personnel of Ghana Railways Company Limited.

“Starting next month, we are bringing in some resource persons to train our people here. So if you ask about when the training school is going to be opened for use, it’s as early as next month. The Principal of the training school has written to Management, which I’m part of, requesting for some resource persons to come in and quickly start running programme that will go a long way to complement what we do; like refresher courses for the track, mechanical section, for signaling, etc. So yes very soon it would start,” he said.

The Conference Centre at the Railway Training School, Essikadu.

He said the Ghana Railways Company Limited and, by extension, the Railway Development Ministry has already put in place measures to start with their own programs at the school, and by early next year it would be open to the public. He explained that the railway is going through massive transformation, and without training we can’t sustain it.

“In fact, most of the people are exiting and we are bringing new graduates; now it’s a hot cake on the block. And you see, the railway itself is a highly specialised sector so if you don’t bring in resource persons to train these new entrants that we are employing there would be a gap. So that is why the Minister, in his own wisdom, said since we’ve finished the rehabilitation work, let’s put in these measures. So that’s exactly what we are doing,” he told Skyy News.

A visit to the school by Skyy News revealed that two (2) of the seven (7) ‘loco sheds’, where faulty trains are repaired, which will serve as practical grounds for the students of the Railway Training School are almost completed, to pave way for practical lessons at the School when it starts admitting students.

Story By: Samuel Kojo Brace/Skyy News/Takoradi.

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