The Roads and Highways Minister, Kwasi Amoako-Attah has revealed that in spite of the cessation of collection of road tolls, there hasn’t been any revenue loss to his Ministry.

The Minister made this revelation when answering an urgent question from the Ranking Member on the Roads and Transport Committee of Parliament, Kwame Agbodza on Friday.

“Mr Speaker, there are in total, 38 toll booths across the country. There has been no loss of revenue to the Ministry of Roads and Highways since the cessation of the collection of the road tolls,” he told the House.

After the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta presented the 2022 Budget in November, 2021, Amoako-Attah directed that collection of toll at the various booths across the country, must be halted.

The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin subsequently questioned the legitimacy of the directive when the 2022 Budget had not been approved, but his concerns were ignored.

But appearing in Parliament today, Mr. Amoah-Attah said he was forced to call for the cessation of the collection of tolls because of pockets of violence that occurred in parts of the country following the presentation of the Budget by the Finance Minister.

“Most road users refused to pay road tolls at all the locations with booths throughout the country during that period, there was confusion between road users and collectors.

“In order to save lives and properties at those locations, a directive was issued for the suspension of the collection of tolls,” he stated.

Taking his turn to address the House, the Minority Chief Whip, Mubarak Mohammed Muntaka disagreed.

The Asawase MP argued that the state has lost a little over GH₵6million within a period of one month.

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