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Majority Challenges Speaker’s Directive On Road Tolls

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A directive by Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin on Thursday canceling Roads and Highways Minister Kwasi Amoako Atta’s announcement of the cessation of payment of road tolls has been challenged by the Majority in Parliament.

Moments after the Speaker’s ruling, Majority Chief Whip Frank Annoh-Dompreh challenged the ruling of the Speaker, on the grounds that it was not a resolution from the entire House, and the House should have reached a resolution before the Speaker should issue a pronouncement on it.

Mr Amoako Atta directed immediate cessation of the collection of road and bridge tolls, after Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta had proposed it in the 2022 Budget delivered to Parliament in Accra on Wednesday, 17th November, 2021.

From the midnight of Thursday, November 18, the collection of road and bridge tolls must cease on all public roads across the country, the Ministry of Roads and Highways directed.

Mr Ofori-Atta told Parliament that the proposal would take effect after the budget had been approved.

However, a statement signed by Kwasi Amoako-Atta, Roads Minister, said the directive would take effect from 1200 hours on Thursday.

At Thursday’s plenary siting in Accra, Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu, quoting several pieces of legislation, including the Fees and Charges Miscellaneous Provisions Act, Act 983 and the Road and Tolls Act, 1973, NRCD 153, Mr Iddrisu however took a serious view of the Minister’s action.

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