Majority Leader in Parliament, Osei Kyei Mensa-Bonsu has spoken after Finance Minister announced that government had abolished the payment of road tolls in the country.

According to the minister, the government has observed that toll booths are doing more harm than good, hence the need to remove them.

He said, toll booths cause heavy traffic and impact negatively on productivity.

“To address these challenges, the government has abolished all tolls on public roads and bridges. This takes effect immediately after the budget is approved,” the Finance Minister said.

After the notice, hawkers who sell at the various tollbooths expressed their frustrations and dissatisfaction about the decision taken by government. The hawkers claim that tollbooths are the only place they do businesses to cater for themselves and their families. They pleaded with the government to rescind the decision to keep them in business.

Well, Hon. Kyei Mensa-Bonsu has reacted and according to him, the money government receives from road tolls is small hence the decision to cancel the road tolls because it spends more money on the maintenance of the toll booths every year.

Speaking about the claims and requests made by the hawkers, he said government can not withdraw its decision because toll booths are not market places and there is nowhere in the world that people sell at tollbooths.

Speaking in an interview on Okay FM via mobile phone, he said government needs to widen or build market centers in the country to accommodate these hawkers.

Listen to him below;

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