Call the toll colletors to go back and collect tolls – Governs Agbodza advises Amoako-Atta

Call the toll colletors to go back and collect tolls – Governs Agbodza advises Amoako-Atta

Issues regarding the E-levy has taken an interesting turn as Ranking Member of the  Roads and Transport  Committee Governs Kwame Agbodza has advised the government to rather revert to road tolls.

The legislator for Adaklu Constituency’s call comes after the Minister of Roads and Highways, Kwasi Amoako-Atta said security personnel will continue to be deployed to the empty toll booths to check on the speeding trucks destroying structures.

Mr. Agbodza argued that the move is not financially sustainable especially when the government is struggling to raise revenue.

“He is rather trying to create more jest by saying he will maintain security at post. This is evident of how out of touch the government is becoming. He must be called to order. The tollbooths should only be empty. Motorists in the country have not complained about the payment of road tolls. All that the public complain about is that they can’t see the effect of the road tolls on the nature of the road.”

“What the government should have done was to prove that they are utilizing the resources appropriately, not to say that they are only going to collect the road tolls.”

He called on the Roads Minister to bring the toll collectors back to post “so that we can continue to generate revenue from there, instead of introducing other taxes such as E-Levy.”

On Thursday, November 18, 2021, the Roads and Highways Ministry directed the discontinuation of the collection of tolls on all public roads and bridges across the country from Thursday, November 18, 2021.

An announcement by the Finance Ministry of the scrapping of tolls on all public roads triggered this directive.

The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, subsequently directed the Roads Minister to reverse that directive, insisting it was illegal and must be immediately withdrawn.

He argued that although the cessation of tolls on public roads was announced in the 2022 budget, it remains a proposal until Parliament approves it.

However, the directive was not heeded by the minister.

By: Stella Annan | Twitter @activetvgh

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