General News of 2014-02-08

Gov’t still opposed to Legon toll - Chief of Staff

Government says it remains opposed to the University of Ghana's decision to toll roads used to access the university campus.
Despite the arguments put forward by the University, and reports suggesting that parliament has okayed the decision, Chief of Staff at the Presidency, Mr. Prosper Bani, insists that government will prefer that the motoring public is not burdened by the University authorities.
He told Graphic Online on Saturday that as indicated by the Minister for Roads and Highways, acting on behalf of Government, the cost of rehabilitating the university roads could be absorbed into the Ministry’s budget, instead of having motorists pay the tolls.
He said Government had expected that with this offer, the authorities of the University of Ghana would abandon plans to implement the toll collection scheme.
Mr. Bani indicated that government is unhappy with the nuisance, inconvenience and annoyance for motorists generated by the decision.
He has accordingly urged the authorities of the University of Ghana to rescind their decision in consideration of the hardship, concern and disaffection of motorists and the affected general public.
The Chief of Staff reiterated that Government is ready, as already communicated, to work expeditiously with the University on the most effective way for Government to absorb the cost of rehabilitation of the campus roads.