Majority Chief Whip, Frank Annoh Dompreh has said that the Speaker of Parliament committed an error in his directive to Roads and Highways Minister to rescind the cessation of the collection of road tolls.
He explained that the Speaker has no authority to order Hon. Amoako-Atta to reverse the cessation of toll collection based on the standing orders of Parliament.
Mr. Annoh Dompreh added that the Speaker erred in his directive because he is above the House and not a member of Parliament. He’s is an arbiter in Parliament so his ruling must always convey the position of the house.
“We are of the view that the Speaker is an arbiter when we are sitting, so anything there should be a directive. Parliament as an arm of government, has to convey a consensus position of the house. On this occasion, we should all recognize that the Speaker has no persona in this matter, and we need to put it to him in a very dignified way. We think that the Speaker failed to convey the sense of the house,” he said.
His comments follow after Speaker of Parliament directed Hon. Amoako-Atta to withdraw the cessation of toll collection.
The Minister of Roads and Highways called for the immediate halt in the collection of road tolls after Finance Minister announced in Parliament while reading the 2022 budget statement that government had abolished road tolls on public roads and bridges but the Speaker of Parliament ordered the minister to rescind his instruction because the 2022 budget remains a proposal until parliament approves it.