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Amoako Atta, the minister of roads and railways, claimed that the government’s inability to building of new roads was due to Ghanaians’ failure to pay the e-levy.

The payment of the electronic levy placed on Ghanaians on transactions is one of the contentious issues in Ghana. The initial e-levy rate was 1.5% with a threshold of 100GH. On all transactions, the government has lowered the rate to 1%.

The failure of the government to construct roads has been attributed by the minister of roads to Ghanaians’ refusal to pay the electronic taxes. If the government had more money, he claimed, roads would have been built.

If all of us had contributed to the e-levy, it would have brought in a lot of money to replace the tollbooths and we would have built more roads for ourselves,” he told the media.

Because there isn’t enough money left over after paying staff, he claimed that tollbooth revenue hasn’t been able to build even 10 kilometers of roads throughout the years.

“The law is still there. If they have to be in the queue for four to three hours and you get there and you pay 50 pesewas. Ghana was paying the lowest toll in the whole world. I challenge anybody to tell me which country which was paying tolls lower than Ghana.”

“We were paying the lowest toll in the whole world but we want good roads in our country. Every Ghanaian including you and myself wants good things so we must be prepared to pay for it. Tolls if they come back gradually one way or the other. It will come in a different form.”

“We will no longer be paying the 50pessewas and 1 cedi. It will come but in different forms. If you go abroad, they pay heavy tolls that is why they are able to build good roads,” he said.

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