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Roads Ministry justifies government’s decision to bring back tolls on PPP roads

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The Deputy Minister of Roads and Highways and Member of Parliament for Pru West constituency, Stephen Jalulah has justified the government’s decision to bring back road tolls on some selected roads in the country under Public Private Partnership(PPP) agreement.

Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta whiles delivering the mid-year budget revealed that an innovative strategy to raise funds to facilitate the rehabilitation and extension of some roads in Ghana including the Tema Motorway which is Public Private Partnership project, the government shall bring back the tolls levy on those roads.

Speaking to A1 Radio, Deputy Minister for the Roads Ministry, Mr. Jalulah reaffirmed the need to toll all Public Private Partnership roads in the country. According to him, the government has to pay back the investors who built the PPP roads hence there’s a need to generate revenue from the roads for that purpose.

“The motivation is clear. Somebody is bringing his money to do the road but they want their money back and they want meagre profit interests on it, so we need to toll the road. The government took away tolls because they were creating nuisance, pollution, and congestion on some roads, which is why we took it off. For now, Ghanaians should know that the road tolls are not back,” he said.

The Pru West Member of Parliament said the tolls that would be collected at the PPP roads may be done digitally.

Source:A1Radioonline.Com|10.1MHZ|David Azure| Bolgatanga|

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