Renowned economist and political risk analyst, Dr. Theo Acheampong, has commended the Ghanaian government’s decision to reintroduce the collection of road tolls. He stated that the decision was long overdue and that the payment of road tolls was compulsory and mandatory all over the world. He also emphasized that toll collection was a relevant source of government funding for the development of the country and expressed shock when the previous administration decided to scrap it.
Dr. Acheampong’s comments were made during an appearance on JoyNews’ Newsfile program, where he expressed his support for the government’s decision to increase the toll amount. The Ghanaian government has revised the schedules of the Fees and Charges (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2022, in line with its intention to restart collecting tolls on some roads pending the completion of the steps to identify the roads and highways to be affected by the reintroduction of the tolls.
The Ministry of Finance has commenced the necessary procedures to determine the toll foundation rates, while the Ministry of Roads and Highways considers them. The government plans to resume the collection of road tolls on selected roads in the country this year, as part of its revenue-generating plans in the 2023 budget submitted to Parliament by Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta last November.
The payment of tolls on public roads ceased in November 2021, as part of policy measures announced by the government in the 2022 Budget, which displaced several road toll collectors. The reintroduction of road tolls is expected to provide much-needed revenue for the government’s infrastructure development programs