Road Tolls Cancellation: No Financial Loss To The State - Amoako-Attah

Road Tolls Cancellation: No Financial Loss To The State - Amoako-Attah

 

 

Mr Kwasi Amoako-Attah, the Minister of Roads and the Highways, says there has been no financial loss to the State following the abolition of the roads and bridges tolls. Mr Speaker, there are also in total 38 toll stations across the country. There has been no loss of revenue to the Ministry of Roads and Highways since cessation

 

of the collection of roads tolls. Mr Amoako-Attah was answering a question asked by Mr Kwame Governs Agbodza, Member of Parliament (MP) for Adaklu. The MP wanted to know from the Minister of Roads and Highways, what is the estimated loss of revenue till date due to cessation of collection of Roads and Bridge

 

 

Tolls as contained in the Ministry's press statement dated 17th November, 2021. Mr Amoako Attah noted that after the presentation of 2022 Budget Statement and Economic Policy of Government by the Minister of Finance on 17th November, 2021, most road users refused to pay road tolls at all the locations throughout

 

 

the country. During that period, there was confusion between road users and the collectors. Mr Speaker, in order to save lives and properties at the toll locations, a directive was issued for the suspension of the collection of the tolls, the Minister said. Mr Speaker, with the approval of the 2022 budget, effectively road

 

 

tolls have been zero rated and there will be no revenue in 2022 for road tolls. Mr Agbodza said the Minister of Roads and Highways announced the cessation of tolls before the budget was also approved and that for the records there would have been revenue loss for at least until the day the budget was approved, so the Roads

 

 

and Highways Minister' answer to his question couldn't be accurate. The budget was not approved on the day it was read. So, Mr Speaker, how much revenue has been lost so far? Even if it is for two days, the Minister should be able to account for that. He reiterated that cessation of the collection of tolls preceded the approval of the

 

 

2022 budget, so at least there was an interval between the day the Finance Minister read the budget and the day the budget was approved, so there would have been a lost of revenue until the budget had been approved. So, I am asking you much revenue has been lost to the state due to the cessation of the collection of tolls;

 

 

since the day you made the announcement? Mr Joseph Osei Owusu, the First Deputy Speaker, presiding as Speaker, reminded the MP that the Minister had answered that question already. Mr Agbodza said; Mr Speaker, is it the case that when Ministers say things that we know obviously are not accurate we should

 

 

accept them simply because they are Ministers? Because the budget was approved on a different date from the day, he made the announcement. So, there is a gap. Unless we want to say that whatever Ministers say are sacrosanct. But in this case, we might be pretending that what he says is accurate. It is not accurate. First

 

 

Deputy Speaker; He (the Minister of Roads and the Highways) had answered that question. If you have another question. Mr Agbodza; Mr Speaker, does the Minister have any intention of reinstating the collection of tolls? Mr Amoako-Attah said Government was fully determined to utilize all sources of revenue into the

 

 

Road Fund to build road infrastructure in the country, including the revenue from tolls. He said there were four main sources of revenue for the Road Fund; namely the fuel levy, the toll booths, from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) and from the vehicles that traverse the corridors of the country. He said of the

 

 

almost two billion Ghana Cedis revenue expected to accrue into the Fund, the fuel levy alone contributes not less than 94 percent, while the other three sources account for nearly six per cent. The Government in its own wisdom has proposed the passage of the E-Levy to bring in more revenue to build the road infrastructure of

 

 

our country for all of us, Mr Amoako Attah said. So, Government is looking forward to the passage of the E-Levy, that will bring in greater revenue that would be securitized and then used to raise bonds, if possible to raise the bonds to build the road sector infrastructure. So, Government's direction and Government's policy is to bring in a better form of collection, because the toll revenue is built-in in the proposed E-Levy.