‘Pay Your Tolls’ – Kwame Agbodza Tells Motorway Users
Ranking Member of Roads and Transport Committee in Parliament, Kwame Agbodza has called on the general public to desist from the non-payment of tolls on the Tema Motorway.
According to him, motorists who refuse to pay their tolls on the stretch of road are flouting the law.
“We must all be ready to abide by the laws of the country. I wouldn’t encourage anybody to get to the toll booth and decide not to pay,” he said.
There have been several videos on social media of motorist refusing to pay tolls on the Tema Motorway due to the bad nature of the road.
The potholes on the Tema Motorway has resulted in several accidents, many have lost their lives, others have sustained life-threatening injuries yet it appears calls on the government to fix the deplorable state of the 19-kilometre stretch is not hitting home.
The Motorway forms an integral part of the Trans-Africa Highway, stretching from Lagos through Lomé, Accra, and Abidjan to Dakar, and effectively serves as the junction to the Sub-region.
With about 30,000 vehicles plying the highway and some ¢30,000 paid each day at the 12 toll booths on the stretch, motorists are surprised over government’s inability to use the ¢200,000 it accrues in revenue each week to fix it.
However Mr Agbodza empathised with motorists and urged the sector minister to refocus attention to fixing the motorway.
He claims a proposal for a six-lane project to completely rebuilt the motorway has been ignored by government.
“It was this government that came and said they were not interested in that proposal. Now they have gone to find a transaction advisor and that process is going to take a longer period of time.” – he indicated.