UG Defies Gov’t Order On Road Tolls

legon tollThe government’s directive to the University of Ghana to stop collecting tolls from motorists plying the campus had gone unheeded

When our team visited the campus yesterday, officials from the university were still operating the toll booths at various locations.

Some drivers were spotted in heated argument with the toll booth operators over the continued collection of the tolls.

Those who objected to the payment of the tolls were denied entrance to the university campus, while those paid willingly were allowed in.

Our team spotted about 50 vehicles who were granted access into the campus because they agreed to pay amount involved.

At the stadium booth, the office in charge told the times that since the exercise was introduced as many as 3, 500 vehicles were recorded daily.

He was of the opinion that the tolls ranging from GH1 to GH3 would help the university to recoup its investment of GH¢7 million on road rehabilitation on the campus.

Explaining the position of the university, Stella Amoah, Director of Public Affairs, said the university, consider the news making rounds as mere speculation because government had not conveyed its intention formally to the university.

She said the University and government had established channel of communication and, therefore, it would not be in the interest of anybody to take such information from the media.

Mrs. Amoah said in so far as the University had not received any formal notification and modalities from government, it would be in the interest of the University to continue with the present arrangement of collecting the tolls.

It is recalled that the government at the weekend issued a statement opposing to the decision of the University of Ghana to charge tolls on roads used to access the main university campus at Legon in Accra.

The statement signed by the Chief Staff, Prosper Douglas Bani, said the government was unhappy with the nuisance and inconvenience caused motorists as a result of the decision of the university to charge tolls on roads on the university campus.

It reiterated the government’s readiness to work expeditiously with the university on the most effective way to absorb the cost of rehabilitation of the roads on campus. By Lawrence Markwei

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