Proposed road toll increment unjustifiable and unfair – Agbodza

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The Minority in Parliament has described as unfair recent attempts to increase road tolls in the country.

According to Ranking Member of Parliament’s Roads and Transport Committee, the NDC divide of the House will resist the move since the reasons assigned are unjustified.

This follows ongoing moves by the government to increase the road tolls as a means to rehabilitate, maintain and construct new roads.

But a statement issued by Mr Agbodza who is also the Member of Parliament for Adaklu says the Minority will be unable to support the increment which will further exacerbate the pain of the ordinary Ghanaian.

“Government currently gets about GH¢1,800,000,000 from Road Fund, of which only GH¢75,000,000 comes from Road Tolls. The Road Fund is projected to generate almost GH¢2,000,000,000 this year. The sad story is that President Akufo-Addo through his Finance Minister takes away about GH¢900,000,000 out of the Road Fund under the counter-productive Capping Act passed by the NPP. Why is the NPP asking the public to pay more Road Tolls?” he quizzed.

Explaining further, Mr Agbodza said “the Road Minister is unable to justify why he can’t get the GH¢900,000,000 paid by the public. There is no justification for an increase in road tolls. The Road Minister should rather ask for the Road Fund to be de-capped so he can get the ghs900,000,000 annually. Until then, we are totally opposed to any increment in road tolls.”

SourceABC News

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