The speaker of parliament has directed the minister for Roads and Highways, Kwasi Amoako-Atta to reverse his order to end the collection of road tolls at all public roads and bridges as he has no power to issue such a directive.
The Speaker of Parliament called on the minister to reverse his order after the minority leader in parliament, honourable Haruna Iddrisu brought to the notice of the speaker the actions of the minister which he said was in contrary to the rules and authority of the legislature.
“Nobody is doubting that the minister has issued a statement and that statement is meant to cease the collection of tolls from the midnight of 18 November 2021”, Mr Bagbin said, asking: “What is the effect of that statement? Does that statement seek to undermine the authority of parliament? Does that statement offend any of the powers of this house to legislate?”
“Clearly”, he said, “what happened on the 17th November 2021 was the minister of finance representing His Excellency the President and presenting to this house, a budget and financial proposals for the year 2022; that is effective 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2022”.
Contrary to what was read in the 2022 national budget where the finance minister said road tolls would be abolished effective January 1, 2022, pending parliamentary approval, the minster of roads and highways jumped the gun to issue a directive ending the collection of road tolls effective today, November 18.