Henry Dogby, president of the Ghana Tollbooth Workers Union (GTBU), says they welcome the nationwide re-imposition of tolls as announced by the government.
He laments, the toll-stall workers of the country have starved for too long, with associated frustrations leading to the deaths of their members.
Mr Dogby points out that they have not been treated well by the government as guarantees and promises of compensation have not been kept although they would welcome the reinstatement of fees.
Speaking of Abusua Nkomo in Kumasi, spotted by BanglaWebTools.com, the GTBU chief noted that promises to rehire redundant workers and continue paying their monthly salaries were not kept after years.
“Our members have been hurt, upset, and hungry all these times. We are outraged that all of the government’s promises have not been kept.”
“We’ve lost members in all these challenges. Marriages have been destroyed. Our situation came at the height of economic challenges post-Covid, so imagine that. But when we heard the news of the reintroduction, our heart was filled with joy but the government has yet to engage us.”
In 2021, the government proposed to suspend tolls in the 2022 budget statement, but before approval could be granted, Minister of Roads and Highways Kwasi Amwako Atta unilaterally suspended the tolls.
There was a backlash from Ghanaians with some suggesting that the minister’s action was unconstitutional and caused financial loss to the state.