Increased road tolls meant to provide good roads – Oppong Nkrumah

Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has said government intends to refurbish roads in the country hence the decision to increase road tolls marginally in the 2021 budget statement.

Some drivers union in the Ashanti Region have hinted at boycotting the road toll as they demand a “comprehensive expenditure report” on developmental projects road toll levies have been spent on over the years.

The drivers who appeared to be aggrieved explained that almost all the highways on which tollbooths have been mounted across Ghana have defects and potholes, questioning the expenditure of road tolls levy collected over the years.

Speaking on Akoma FM’s morning show GhanAkoma on Wednesday, March 17, Public Relations Officer for True Drivers Union Yaw Barima explained that “our non-adherence to the new toll rates if enacted is because we the drivers do not see what the numerous tolls have been used for because almost all roads leading to the tollbooths in Ghana are riddled with potholes and other defects”.

Deliberating on the 2021 Budget statement in Parliament Tuesday, March 16 Mr Oppong Nkrumah who is also the Ofoase Ayirebi lawmaker said “We all should rally behind the government, pass these revenue measures and approve this budget, raise the resources that are required and most importantly ensure that the resources are put to the uses for which they have been advertised.

“For all of us MPs who demand road projects in our constituencies, if government decides to increase the road tolls marginally to raise more resources and ensure that the contractors are paid on time so that our roads are done, it is something that will benefit our constituencies and will benefit us as well.”

Source: Modern Ghana

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