Deputy Roads and Highways Minister, Stephen Pambiin Jalulah says Ghanaians should be ready to pay more in road tolls as well as property tax to aid in the provision of proper road infrastructure in the country.
This charge comes as the government begins to explore other means of raising funds to finance the country’s road deficit.
The Ministry says this has become necessary as the Road Fund continues to grow lean against the huge need for road infrastructure.
“In Ghana, we pay GH¢0.50 per saloon car. If you go elsewhere, they pay almost GH¢5. Everybody wants good roads but if you are not willing to pay the right tolls, how do we raise the money?” Mr Jalulah said quizzed.
He added, “we cannot keep borrowing and our debt to GDP is very high. So, we can work properly with the Municipal Assemblies to ensure that everyone who has property in Ghana pays their property tax. And that alone could fix a lot of our roads.”
However, the Minority in Parliament had earlier indicated it will oppose any plan by the government to increase road tolls again to fund road construction and maintenance.
Government has in the past, shelved attempts to increase road tolls for this purpose over public outcry. But as it stands, Stephen Pambiin Jalulah says Ghanaians must be ready to pay more if they want better roads.