According to Haruna Iddrisu, Member of Parliament of Tamale South, the government ought to reconsider imposing road tolls in lieu of raising taxes.
In his view, restoring the road toll could help the government make money in the face of the present economic difficulties.
The Highways Ministry issued an order in November 2021 to halt toll collection on all national public highways and bridges.
He was speaking on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show on Wednesday, November 15.
“I mean this government must just swallow its humble pie and reintroduce road tolls. We are talking about the future of Public Private Partnership and dualising Accra- Cape Coast, Accra- Kumasi, you certainly can do so by taking advantage of road tolls,” he said.
In a later presentation of the 2022 budget, the Finance Minister clarified that the purpose of the change was to increase productivity and lower environmental pollution.
Additionally, he said that it was designed to lessen the amount of heavy traffic that road tolls are known to generate across the country.
But the Tamale Central MP insists that “what you need is to find an investor who comes in, gets the road done. 25 or 50 years, he takes his money to the road tolls.”
This comes ahead of the presentation of the 2024 Budget Statement by the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta today.