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Speaker orders Min. for Roads to reverse decision on road tolls

The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Alban Bagbin has directed the Minister for Roads-Atta, to order for the collection of road tolls in Ghana.

Amoako-Atta, on Wednesday, announced the discontinuation of toll booth collection after the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta announced that road tolls would be scrapped while presenting the 2022 budget in Parliament.

The orders culminated in a mixed reaction among drivers and toll operators while hawkers at toll booths lamented over job losses.

But in Parliament today, Speaker Bagbin condemned Amoako-Atta’s action and termed it illegal, reports Power FM’s Princess Arita Anim.

The Speaker of Parliament said the minister has no such powers to scrap road tolls that had been suggested in a budget that is yet to be approved.

Meanwhile, some operators at Ntonso-Aboaso toll booth are unhappy about the directive from the Road Minister Hon Kwesi Amoako Atta indicating that there is no alternative arrangement for them despite being unpaid for months.

Expressing their grievances in an interview with Pure Fm’s Osei Kwadwo monitored the workers said that Road Minister’s directive came to them as a shock since they did to prepare for that.

 

Source: Myxyzonline.com|Ghana

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