We want an increment in road tolls-Roads Ministry

The Ministry of Roads and Highways has is seeking for an increase in road tolls in order to help boost revenue for the road fund.

According to the sector minister, Mr Kwasi Amoako Atta, the increment was needed to improve the cash flow of the road fund and help pay contractors.

“As at now, I have sent a memo to Cabinet asking for an increase in the tolls all aimed at trying to improve revenue base and to improve the cash flow into the road fund so that the road fund board chairman and his board members will cease to sweat.”

He made the disclosure at the Ghana Highway Authority 2019 board and management retreat on Wednesday.

The minister in justifying why the ministry was calling for the increment ye said, we need the increment “so that our contractors can be paid so that we can finance the road infrastructure that we want to give to our people and our country.”

The minister indicated that the ministry after a survey conducted has come to the conclusion that “we are losing a minimum of 40 percent [revenue], maximum 80 percent revenue from our toll booths.”

Due to that the ministry says he has ordered for the immediate reassignment of Emmanuel Spencer Baah, the manager in charge of toll booths in the country because of the handling of government policy regarding the employment of persons with disabilities.

“Instead of the 50 percent slot to the disabled people, only 100 are disabled. And even for this even this 100, I have had a number of complaints… The manager for toll booths should be removed and reassigned immediately,” he lamented.

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