Ghanaian motorists will no longer be obliged to pay tolls, as of yesterday, Thursday, November 18, 2021. Ken Ofori-Atta, Ghana’s Finance Minister, stated this in parliament during the introduction of the 2022 Budget.

The news of the country’s toll booths being closed has elicited conflicting emotions, with many people asking what the future holds for those who used to work at the numerous toll booths.

Nana Aba Anamoah, the broadcast journalist, questioned the government’s latest instruction in a tweet seen by

She wrote, “So what happens to the toll booth workers? Oh! The hawkers at the booths too.”

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Reading the 2022 Budget in Parliament on Wednesday, Mr Ofori-Atta stated: “Mr Speaker, our roads need fixing. Our roads are being fixed. It is true that more roads have been fixed and are being fixed over the last five years than any relative period in the entire history of our nation. We even want to do a lot more. That is why for decades, Government after Government imposed and maintained tolls on some public roads to raise funds for road construction and maintenance. This is the situation in many countries…To address these challenges, the government has abolished all tolls on public roads and bridges. This takes effect immediately after the Budget is approved. The toll collection personnel will be reassigned. The expected impact on productivity and reduced environmental pollution will more than offset the revenue forgone by removing the tolls.”

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