The Roadways and Highways Ministry has claimed it has secured acceptance from the Public Procurement Authority (PPA) to initiate the private takeover of the administration of toll booths throughout the region.
Streets and Highways Minister, Kwasi Amoako Atta, believes the transfer will assure the economical working of the booth for enhanced revenue technology.
The toll booth is one of the four key income era avenues for the state’s Highway Fund.
While the title of the private business is unfamiliar, the agreement interval will final for three a long time.
“Drastic actions will be taken in which needed to ensuring that our toll booths work really nicely for us to derive the anticipated revenues from it as one of the main 4 contributing resources to the Road Fund
“The Ministry has gained acceptance from the Public Procurement Authority and this month will signal a deal with a local company to undertake private management of all the substantial income earning toll stations in the state,” he exposed.
Mr Amoako Atta observes that in get for the Finance Ministry to identify more funding sources and block income leakages particularly at the toll booths, drastic steps have to this kind of as this privatisation is extended overdue.
In accordance to him, at the instant there are about 35 profits earning toll booths in the place which will be 36 shortly right after the completion of a new just one at Aflao.
The providers to be offered will include the rehabilitation and servicing of the toll booths and the provision of perfectly-analyzed digital methods about the three-calendar year contract interval.
He warned that the Government has a plan with toll booths and that no person should really attempt to sabotage it.
“Quite soon the people of this state are heading to see the adjustments that are heading to be effected at all the toll booths across the country
“We have the chance to vacation exterior the countries and we see the state of toll booths and how they operate, why cannot we do similar in our state? it is likely to be accomplished,” he stressed.
He was addressing a strategic administration assembly in Kumasi under the topic, “Ghana over and above Aid: Procedures and Sustainable Investment decision and highway Asset Preservation.”
Stakeholders at the meeting noticed that booths have the potential to rake in more than they are presently undertaking if they are presented a facelift.
Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah, who was current at the event, warned versus the issuance of a momentary allow for progress along key roadways.
He informed Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies that it is vital to help you save the government from shelling out needless compensation.
“In the municipal and metropolitan regions where by folks will encroach with their kiosk and stores and so forth and when there is the need to have for us to have entry to the highway reservation the region will have to uncover enormous sums of income to fork out individuals for occupying lands that do not belong to them.
“I have issued powerful and stringent guidelines to all the MMDCEs within the Ashanti region to prevent issuing these non permanent permits they problem to men and women,” he reported.
The strategic assembly was meant to collate strategies on how to tackle several of the challenges faced in the roads and highways sector.