We’ll not help government’s arrangement to add more road tolls – Minority

The Minority in Parliament has demonstrated its purpose to go against an alleged arrangement by the public authority to build street tolls again in a bid to subsidize street development and upkeep.

The Ranking Member on the Roads and Transport Committee of Parliament, Governs Kwame Agbodza, said his side is keen on assisting the public authority with raising assets to help the area of the street, yet it will possibly do that if the public authority eliminates the cap it has set on the Road Fund.

“The Roads Minister can’t advise the Finance Minister to decap the Road Fund. In the 2021 spending plan, the Finance Ministry concurred that the Road Fund gets about GH¢1.8 billion, however, just GH¢1 billion will be accessible. The Finance Ministry takes the [remaining] cash away and utilizes it for utilization.”

“We concur with the government that we should get more assets to the Roads Ministry to improve our streets, we will uphold the public authority around there, yet we won’t uphold the public authority to expand street tolls except if the public authority can de-cap the street asset and give all that cash to the Roads Ministry, and afterwards we can examine the hole that will be left. Till at that point, they can’t get the help of our side of the house to expand street tolls,” he cautioned.

Parliament is yet to endorse a proposed up survey of the current street cost in the country.

During the introduction of the 2021 spending articulation, the public authority noticed that the assets to be created from the new street costs would be utilized to improve and keep up the states of the streets in the country.

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