The Founder of the All Peoples Congress (APC), Hassan Ayariga, has lauded the decision to abolish road toll payments in the country.
He however, appealed to the government to roll out a policy for street hawkers who will be affected by this decision.
Addressing a press conference in Accra on Monday November 22, he said “when the finance minister announced the government’s intention to scrap off toll booth fees, many people started talking about the issue of hawkers and the others.
“I am appealing to government to roll out a policy for street hawkers. I personally think it is a good idea not to take tolls again. I applaud the government for that initiative. Tolls on those dilapidated roads was a reap off. It was our taxes that was used to build those roads and paying roads tolls on them again was wrong.”
The Finance Minister Ken Ofori Atta announced in the budget statement an end to the collection of the tolls.
During the presentation of the 2022 budget statement to Parliament on Wednesday November 17, he said this takes effect immediately the Budget is approved.
However, the Minister for roads ordered an immediate seizure of road toll collection forcing many hawkers to lose their source of livelihood.
They have since called on government to reconsider their stance.