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Fix your roads and charge tolls – Roads minister

The management of sankofaonline.com believes the fix and unregulated toll policy being espoused by the Roads and Transport Minister, Alhaji Amin Suleman is a failed policy that will amongst others place unnecessary burden on road users the travelling public!

Source: citifmonline.com

Roads and Transport Minister, Alhaji Amin Suleman, is asking various communities in the country with poor roads to find money to fix them and charge tolls to maintain them.

“As a matter of fact, I wish that they encourage people who live in other communities to do similar things and call them community roads and then they could charge for maintenance.”

Speaking on the Citi Breakfast Show on Friday about the legality of the University of Ghana’s decision to charge tolls for usage of the roads on campus, Alhaji Suleman said there was nothing wrong with the decision to charge tolls on campus and urged communities to also fix their roads and do same.

“… first of all the university roads are not maintained by public resources so if it takes a facility to make their roads, then they will have to recover their cost.”

“They are not charging for anything, they are charging to keep the roads in good shape,” he reiterated.

According to the minister road construction and maintenance are very costly enterprise, “and so if they don’t take any money and the roads deteriorate how are they going to keep them back in good shape for the motorists to pass through.”

He said the ministry is trying to encourage communities to construct their roads and charge tolls to maintain them.

Meanwhile, some legal practitioners have described the decision by UG to charge road tolls as illegal.

“Under the tax laws of Ghana and under the constitution, nobody can impose a tax, levy, fee without parliamentary approval and so for the University of Ghana to say that we are going to start charging tolls which is a form of taxation, I think they will need a legal backing to that, ” Lawyer Abraham Amaliba told Citi News.

The University of Ghana announced that from February 1, 2014 road tolls will be charged on all vehicles that ply the roads within the campus.

Comment By Andy K

Very often, the news from Ghana is just too bizarre to be believed. This one falls in that category. I was thinking the govt would come out against this bizarre idea and here we have the sector Minister making a most ignorant and moronic statement in support of the issue and adding more his nonsense! Where did Mahama find these morons to inflict upon us?
Can he tell us how much each of those academics contributed to build those roads? Indeed, idiots, morons, “thieves and thiefettes” are ruling us!

How a whole bunch of university academics can come out with this newfangled dead brain and illegal idea simply epitomises why Ghanaians are still classified as developing people, rather than put among the civilised peoples. The vast majority of the so-called educated Africans are simply a caricature of the Western educated elite! The mind-set, the cultural pathos and values (ethics), the ideational systems of the two, etc. are poles apart.

The Univ. of Ghana is a public institution with the roads constructed from public funds, not from private funds. You who does not even have authority to levy taxes on the public can therefore not stand up one day and proclaim that some members of the public who also paid the taxes to construct those roads should pay special tolls, and you wouldn’t! No wonder witches and prayer camps and trokosi shrines are still flourishing in that goddamn country!

I hope Mahama stands firm on abolishing that abominable so-called book allowance for research. It is mind-boggling that that was how they saw it fit to do something about the dearth of current publications on the curricula and in the univ. libraries.

I have to start work on my coming series: Ghanaians are Uncivilised, Says Ken Kuranchie.

Andy-K

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