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Ghana’s Roads Minister hints at reintroducing road tolls in “digitised” form

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Ghana’s Minister of Roads and Highways, Francis Asenso-Boakye, has initiated discussions with stakeholders regarding the potential reinstatement of road toll collection in the country. He emphasized that if tolls were reintroduced, they would be modernized and automated.

During an inspection of deteriorating sections of the Accra-Kumasi Highway at Dadieso in the Asante Akim South Municipality of the Ashanti Region, the Minister revealed this information. This visit marks his fourth inspection exercise since assuming office two weeks ago.

Mr. Asenso-Boakye highlighted the necessity of reintroducing road tolls to generate revenue for maintaining the country’s existing roads. He stated, “Maintenance also means money. Many countries utilize toll revenue for road upkeep. However, we have suspended it. I believe it’s an opportune time to initiate discussions on reinstating road tolls. Our Ministry has already begun engaging stakeholders for this purpose.”

While urging political leaders to refrain from politicizing the Ministry’s efforts, Mr. Asenso-Boakye emphasized the importance of viewing it as a national development imperative. He reiterated the Ministry’s commitment to rehabilitating the country’s deteriorated road networks and encouraged the public to prioritize road maintenance for enhanced safety.

Before visiting Dadieso, the Minister inspected the progress of the 18.1 km Ofankor-Nsawam dual carriageway road project at Ofankor. This project, funded jointly by the Government of Ghana and Afriexim Bank, with Maripoma Enterprise Limited as the contractor, is underway and scheduled for completion this year. It forms part of the broader Accra-Kumasi Road network and includes three lanes, service roads, an interchange, two overpasses, and an underpass upon completion.

Mr. Kwabena Bempong, Chief Resident Engineer, reported significant progress on concrete work and noted that the construction of footbridges was over 50% complete. He also mentioned ongoing construction of two overpasses and one underpass at Medie, Pobiman, and Amasaman.