May 30, 2024

The call for the reintroduction of road tolls in Ghana will soon take effect.

After the government canceled road tolls to reduce burdens on Ghanaians, many stakeholders and concerned citizens have called for the re-introduction of the road toll.

According to the Minister of Roads and Highways, Francis Asenso-Boakye, it is time for the reintroduction of the road toll to raise enough money to embark on road maintenance in the country.

He said there are a lot of roads in the country that need urgent attention and that it is imperative to reintroduce the road toll to help recoup the costs of road construction and maintenance.

Addressing the media after during an assessment tour of the Accra-Kumasi Highway, the Member of Parliament for Bantama constituency in the Ashanti Region stated that complains and petitions have been mounted to adress the poor road infrastrutures in the country most expecially the Accra-Kumasi road and government is working assiduously to address these challenges.

“There is no constructor on the Accra-Kumasi road, but the technical advice I have received as well as petitions and complaints from road users about this road is very worrying so I decided to come and see it myself. I have also personally observed this poor nature of this road as an MP and now that I have become Roads Minister, per the advice and what I have heard we have to do something about it” He said.

“The maintenance needs money, so road tolling, one of the factors that we implement road tolling is to help raise money to construct and maintaining roads and because of economic hardship and others, the government suspended the road tolls so what I am saying is that the time has come as a country to start the discussion to bring back the road tolls”  Hon. Asenso-Boakye stated.

Meanwhile, it is said that when the tolls are reintroduced they should come in a digitalised form to avoid losses to the state.