Reopen all 37 toll booths, not just Tema’s toll booth- Disabled Toll Workers
The Disabled Toll Workers Association has expressed disappointment in the government for reopening the toll booth on the Accra-Tema Motorway.
The Association says it expected all the 37 toll booths to be reopened instead of one.
Ernest Antwi, the Coordinator, lamented the financial difficulties their members who were laid off following the closure, of the toll booths faced.
He said the members lost hope, and until the booths are reopened, they will treat the announcement with contempt.
Mr. Antwi said the road toll job provided them with a source of livelihood, but the system was scrapped without any notice.
Efforts to have them reengaged or assigned new job opportunities have proved futile.
”We are now part of the unemployed. If they want to give us new jobs, that would be great. If they want to reopen the 36 other toll booths, that would be amazing,” he added.
The Finance Minister, Mr Ken Ofori-Atta, on Monday, July 24, 2022, told parliament that the Government will reintroduce toll on the Accra-Tema Motorway after its expansion.
He explained that the move was to offset the life cost of the infrastructure as well as pay lenders and provide a return for equity investors.
He said the government, under the Ministry of Roads and Highways Public-Private Partnership (PPP) programme for road infrastructure, the Design, Build, Finance, Operate, and Maintain (DBFOM) Accra–Tema Motorway and Extension PPP Project – 27.7km stretch-was at the procurement stage with site work expected to commence in September 2022.
He added that the government had also made a strategic decision in line with the Public Private Partnership Act, 2020 (Act 1039) to procure the Accra-Tema Motorway and Extensions Project through GIIF to deliver a GIIF-led PPP financing solution by raising maximum funds from the market.