Government’s Decision To Abolish Road Tolls Ill Adviced – Inusah Fuseini

The 2022 National budget has been read, old taxes have been scrapped and new ones introduced, there is a general outcry and former member of parliament, Inusah Fuseini is one person whose voice rings loudest in the chaos.

According to the former member of parliament for Tamale Central and minister for lands and natural resources under the Mahama led administration, the decision of Government to abolish all taxes from government roads and bridges is ill-adviced and in actual sense counterproductive.

The minister of finance, the honourable Ken Ofori-Atta took to parliament yesterday to announce that Government has abolished all road and bridge tolls amongst others in the reading of the 2022 national budget and will take effect as soon as the budget is approved by parliament.

The honourable minister made it known that a new levy will be imposed to make the toll paying far reaching. Noting that tolling centres have become unhealthy market centres which has led to heavy traffic on roads over the past years

“Over the years, the tolling points have become unhealthy market centres, led to heavy traffic on our roads, lengthened travel time from one place to another, and impacted negatively on productivity. Government has abolished all tolls on public roads and bridges. This takes effect immediately the Budget is approved. The toll collection personnel will be reassigned.”

“A new levy will be imposed to make the toll paying more universal. The congestion generated at the tolling points, besides creating these inconveniences, also leads to pollution in and around those vicinities,” Minister for Finance, Ken Ofori Atta told Parliament.

But Inusah Fuseini, who has been there and done that believes that abolishing road tolls is in actually sense, Government shooting itself in the foot. According to him, road tolls was a fair system as only users of roads paid for its maintenance.

“Government’s decision to abolish road tolls is retrogressive and not progressive. The road toll is paid according to the number of kilometers you travel on the road. The road system was in line with the fair and equity law in the sense that if you do not use the road, you will not pay the toll. Asking everyone to pay taxes meant for road maintenance even though they do not use the road is not fair”, Inusah Fuseini told Kaakyire Ofori Ayim.

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