Another Tollbooth in Ketu South: Edzorna Mensah writes to President Akufo-Addo
His excellency the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, as a citizen of Ghana from the Volta Region, I’m depressed writing to you on yet another tollbooth on my way to the village. I could have been writing to you to commend your government about One District One factory.
Since this is my first time of officially writing to you, I wish to go straight to the point so that I do not waste your treasurable time as the father of the nation.
His Excellency, my people are predominantly vegetable farmers, fishermen, Kete/Kente Weavers and Traders. Denu and Agbozume Markets are major trading centres for them to buy and sell their goods.
For this reason, many commercial drivers with our mothers and sisters on-board ply Denu-Agbozume road more than 20 times on these market days.
Grandpa, few months ago when driving home to my relations, my attention was drawn to some digging as traffic was diverted to a Cassava Farm in order to allow the destruction of the road to go on, for the arrival of what is now known as a Tollbooth at Atsiwuta, community near Nogokpo, between these two major markets.
I interacted with other drivers and the MCE for the area over the digging and despondently, it was revealed that Your Government through the Ghana Highway Authority (GHA) has planned to toll the road for revenue collection.
Astonishingly, GHA Headquarters has confirmed it through the Public Affairs Directorate as published below.
Mr. President, currently, we’ve three (3) tolls on Accra-Aflao Road: The Tema Motorway, Tsopoli and Sogakorpe on this 186km stretch and adding Atsiwuta to it, will make it four (4), meaning that Edzorna Mensah would have to pay anytime he covers about 46.5km when driving from Accra to Adafienu to see his mother.
Mr. President, if you allow GHA to continue this project within the said area, your poor children who are already overloaded with economic privation will be paying tolls between 20-30 times or even more daily.
For the record, I’m not against revenue mobilization through well-thought-out plan for the provision of our basic needs. But it’s unreservedly erroneous to over tax poor commercial drivers who sometimes drive empty cars looking for passengers.
His Excellency, I’m Edzorna Francis Mensah a native of Klikor and Agbozume, two of The Three Traditional Areas of Ketu South Municipality in The Volta Region.