An increase in road tolls would effectively aid in generating more revenue for the government, the Ghana Charismatic Bishops Conference has suggested.
According to a report by Citi FM, in a press release signed by the secretary of the conference, Rev. Kwasi Dei, the conference suggested that the tolls should be increased to 1 USD per vehicle across the country.
"Raise the tolls, at least to the level of USD1 per car. Even Zimbabwe, in its financial difficulty, charges $1 per car as toll rate; Create an office and let the local dwellers cast the concrete: Use the people that live in the towns and villages, along that stretch of road, to cast concrete along that stretch," it said.
The Conference also noted that revenue generated from the construction of 'international standard' toll booths could be used to fund road projects.
“Build the road network by using concrete roads. 10 inches of concrete can be cast, with the width of 3 lanes (12 meters wide), for several miles. The Tema motorway is an example of a concrete road that has served Ghana for decades…Let Ghanaian roads be covered with multiple international-standard toll booths that do not cause traffic. These tollbooths will be used to directly finance roads. Perhaps, every 40 to 50km should have a tollbooth," it further stated.
According to the conference, naming a toll booth by the stretch of road it is to fund, would help in effectively forming a construction plan for it.
"For instance, several toll booths can be created on the Accra – Kumasi Highway as follows: Achimota – Nsawam toll booth (approx. 28.2km); Nsawam – Suhum toll booth (approx. 30km); Suhum – Nkawkaw toll booth (approx. 77km); Nkawkaw –Konongo toll booth (81.4km); Konongo to Tech Junction toll booth (77km)," the statement added.
The bishops conference concluded by stating effective management of the toll booths would encourage Ghanaians to accept the increase in road tolls.
The Ghana Charismatic Bishops’ Conference was founded by the leader of Lighthouse Chapel International, Bishop Dag Heward-Mills, and is chaired by Bishop Kwame Yirenkyi Ampofo.
It is made up of a senior clergy who have been consecrated as Bishops, along with their seats comprising of a cathedral, and an office block in every region of Ghana.