Renowned Scientist Dr. Thomas Mensah Proposes 21st Century Infrastructure Modernization Plan In Form Of High-Speed Rail System For Ghana

High-Speed Rail System
Dr. Thomas Mensah pictured left in with the map of Ghana showing his proposed High-Speed Rail System.

Dr. Thomas Mensah, one of the speakers at the very successful 2017 Ghana Diaspora Homecoming Summit (DHS) held from July 5-8., 2017 at the Accra International Conference Center has called on Ghana to develop a High-speed Rail System (HRS) to link two of the nation’s important port cities; Accra and Takoradi in the South, to Tamale passing through Kumasi.

President Akufo-Addo of Ghana launched the conference as its first presenter, he was followed by several leaders of government including cabinet ministers, a presentation was read on behalf of Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumiah. There were other presenters of the Ghanaian Diaspora from countries like Great Britain, France, Germany, South Africa and the US which attracted 2000 participants.

World Infrastructure expert Dr. Mensah who presented at DHS via video conference from his Atlanta Georgia base in the US  proposed during his presentation among other things, that China could be considered to build the HRS as Ghana is already negotiating a US $19B bauxite development deal that includes a smelting facility and a light rail system with them. Dr. Thomas Mensah has served on the US High-Speed Rail Board.

The Dr. Mensah High-Speed Rail System For Ghana

In a phone interview with TheAfricanDream.net, Dr. Mensah disclosed he believes that “a recent article in Moody’s disparaging the bauxite deal as excessive debt will not hold water if coupled to the High-Speed Rail System that can modernize the transportation infrastructure in the country” as proposed in his presentation at the DHS.

“The proposal is also in line with the current government ‘one factory, one district’ plan” said Dr. Mensah who felt his proposed HRS corridor from the south to north of the country can actually exceed this goal by having the potential to “creating 4 factories per district along the Rail route to supply to the construction and operation of the HRS. I see factories set up to build among other things plastic, and composites for the interior of the high-speed trains as well as possibly aluminum parts for the train itself” he explained.

This proposal has the potential to create a major Technology Transfer to Ghana, with all its Universities participating by supplying engineering, science and other graduates for the future operation and maintenance of the HRS System“, according to Dr. Mensah. Ghana will be the third country in Africa after Ethiopia and Morocco to have HRS if Dr. Mensah’s proposal materializes and is implemented in Ghana. It will transform Ghana to a well-developed country with value-added export capabilities.

High-Speed Rail System coupled with High-Speed Internet

As part of his presentation, Dr. Mensah also proposed the installation of fiber optic cable along the HRS line so passengers can connect to WiFi in the train while it travels long distances at speeds between 200-300 MPH. “I want a two-year-old in a village in Ghana to be able to learn from the tablet just like a two-year-old in the US, Europe, and the developed world”, he said followed by great applause from the conference participants.

“I believe several other colleagues of mine in the Diaspora, like Dr. Victor Laurence of New Jersey’s Stevens Institute of Technology, Dr. Dotsevi Sogah of Cornell University, Hypersonic Expert Dr. Isaiah Blankson at NASA, President of Dupont Africa Richard Okine, Dr. Osseo Assare of Penn State University and many others will consider moving to Ghana or serve as external advisory to help the country develop. This HRS proposal could also help solve the huge infrastructure deficit in Ghana” that has impeded huge foreign investments, in the country, according to Dr. Mensah.

Several prominent engineers and scientist according to Dr. Mensah who were trained in the US have returned to their respective countries to help develop the technology infrastructure base and today some of these countries like China, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and India are exporting Cars, Satellites, Smartphones, Ships, High-Speed Trains, and Aircraft products and technology. “I Am not interested in complaining about the inconveniences of the system in Ghana, I rather want to become part of the return to Ghana movement to assist with fast-tracking its development”, said Dr. Mensah in this interview.

High-Speed Rail could be ‘significant legacy’

A significant legacy of transportation infrastructure development can be realized for Ghana through the HRS as the nation prepares to enter the 21st Century. Dr. Mensah said he will be “happy to see Members of Ghana’s Parliament, Cabinet Ministers, Vice President Bawumia, and His Excellency President Nana Akufo Addo and their grand-children get on this High-Speed Rail System.”, when implemented. The HRS proposal will address unemployment in Ghana especially for the youth and graduates of Universities in Ghana and bring a major Economic development to the Nation.

Dr. Thomas Mensah has authored 4 books on innovation, they are: Fiber Optics Engineering (1987), Superconductor Engineering (1992), his 2013 autobiography ‘The Right Stuff Comes in Black Too’, and ‘Nanotechnology Commercialization, an International Text Book’ (2017), is a holder of 7 US Patents awarded in a space of 6yrs. He is a Fellow of the US National Academy of Inventors, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics.

Source: Oral OforiTheAfricanDream.net

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  • Adalba A N McRoi

    This is everything Ghana needs right now. I’m thrilled to see this

  • THANK YOU DR. THOMAS MENSAH!

    “Returning the elephant into the city: the unfinished contract with Ghana.” pp. 53-55

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    “Transforming the Economy of Ghana: The North-South
    High-Speed Railway System

    High-Speed trains travel at a minimum of about 250 kilometers per hour.
    At that rate of speed, a high-speed train travelling from Accra to say
    Bawku, a distance of some 800 kilometers, can do so in about three hours.
    I am quite convinced that by now, the NPP leadership has lined up several
    industrialization agenda for reviving the contract with Ghana. However, it
    must be noted that an important area that is pivotal for industrialization
    that has long been neglected is a North-South high-speed railway system
    to link the extreme parts of the North to the South of Ghana. What could
    so thoroughly demonstrate the ethnically sensitive and diverse character
    of the NPP than to embrace, as part of its agenda of developing the whole
    country, the construction of a North-South railway system? At once, it
    will become a monument of the NPP’s commitment to the development
    of every piece of Ghana, with no ethnic region of Ghana left behind, as it
    will sweep across the length of the country. It is a very expensive project
    for a nation, but Ghana can learn from the experience of China, which is
    noted for undertaking this kind of project at one-third lower cost104 than
    what it costs most countries. China usually does this with the assistance
    of the World Bank. Given the unprecedented scale of corruption and fiscal
    104 “Cost of High Speed Rail in China,” (2014)…”

  • Kosi

    An effort should be made to include Volta Region in this. Even if it’s not High speed I’m sure it will facilitate travel over there and link the south to Bawku and environs.