Gov’t Kicks Against Legon Road Tolls

John-Dramani-MahamaThe government says it is still opposed to the decision of the University of Ghana, to charge tolls on roads used to access the university’s main campus at Legon in Accra.

Despite reports suggesting that Parliament has okayed the decision, and arguments put forward by the university, the government insists it would prefer that the motoring public is not burdened by the university authorities.

The university recently started tolls on rehabilitated roads within the legon campus with the reason that it has to use the tolls to repay a loan it took for the road project.

A statement issued by the Presidency and signed by the Chief of Staff, Prosper Douglas Bani said “As indicated by the Minister for Roads and Highways, acting on behalf of government, the cost of rehabilitating the university roads can be absorbed into the Ministry’s budget, instead of having motorists pay the tolls.”

The statement said government had expected that with the offer, the authorities of the university Ghana would abandon plans to implement the toll collection scheme.

It said government was unhappy with the nuisance, and inconvenience created for motorists by the decision.

Consequently, the statement urged the authorities of the University of Ghana to rescind their decision in consideration of the hardship, motorists students, and the public would suffer.

“Government is ready, as already communicated, to work expeditiously with the university on the most effective way for government to absorb the cost of rehabilitation of the campus roads,” the statement said.

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