According to the 1992 constitution under the public financial management Act 921, the 2022 Budget Statement and Economic Policy of government were presented in Parliament on Wednesday, 17th November 2021 by the Minister of Finance Hon. Ken Ofori Atta.
He announced that as soon as the 2022 budget is approved, motorists across the country will not be entitled to pay Road tolls.
“Government has abolished all tolls on public roads and bridges. This takes effect immediately the Budget is approved,” he announced
“Over the years, the tolling points have become unhealthy market centres, led to heavy traffic on our roads, lengthened travel time from one place to another, and impacted negatively on productivity.
He further mentioned strategies to achieve the government’s goal of eliminating poverty and suffering of the people of Ghana and strengthening the economy.
“Mr Speaker, we are under no illusions as to the economic challenges facing our country today. How to ease the sufferings of Ghanaians, transform the economy to create jobs and share the expected wealth across all households, such as providing security and education, keeps the president awake at night.
“How to broaden the revenue base, keep a grip on expenditure, protect the public purse and at the same time build with urgency the needed infrastructure, collecting revenue, managing our debt and expenditure commitments, and paying the bills to stimulate economic activity are the orders he has given to us, his Ministers and other appointees, to carry out over the next three years,” he said.
This news has come as a shock to most Ghanaians since it is the road tolls collected that the government uses to improve and maintain its road networks.
The Finance Minister stated that the “toll collection personnel will be reassigned.”