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It’s senseless to say you’re jobless – Osei Kyei Mensah lashes tollbooth hawkers (VIDEO)

Majority Leader and Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu has expressed shock over concerns raised by hawkers at the various toll booths across the county.

The government announced that it will end the payment of tolls across the country during the reading of the 2022 budget.

This was followed with an instruction to end the payment of tolls by the Roads and Highways Minister Kwasi Amoako Attah who said it was a move to save life and property.

But reacting to the directive, women and men who are hawkers at these tollbooths have expressed concerns over the fact that they will be rendered unemployed as a result of the directive.

To them, they have over the years been hawking at these tollbooths and therefore will be very difficult for them to move as a result of the new directive by the Government of Ghana.

But speaking on Accra-based OKAY FM, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu who is the Majority Leader in Parliament indicated that it was necessary for the government to close down the tollbooths because it was bad business.

“Every day where we take tolls is the part of the road that gets spoilt. As I said, the whole year we get about GHC 78 million and we use almost fifty million to maintain that spot. So what do we make from the tolls we collect? Nothing,” he said on Accra-based OKAY FM.

“Apart from maintenance, we contract people to clean the place and these people clean it two to three times daily. If you don’t do that visitors will see Ghana as a dirty country. What the traders are saying that the government has rendered them jobless, the truth is that tollbooths are not constructed to serve as market centers. So if they say the tollbooths are not there anymore so it has rendered them jobless it doesn’t make sense,” he said.

He continued “I wouldn’t say what they are doing is not good because I agree that times are difficult in the country so if someone is doing something to put body and soul together that’s fine but tollbooths are not the only place they can sell. The tollbooths were not purposed for market centers”.

 

 

 

 

 

Source: MyNewsGh

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