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Earlier this year, the finance minister announced that Ghanaians ( drivers) will no longer pay toll fees as a result of the traffic congestion that emanates on our highways, hence, the introduction of Electronic Transaction ( E-levy).
Today, Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta has disclosed that the collection of road tolls will resume under the Ministry of Roads and Highways (MoRH) Public-Private Partnership (PPP).
Delivering the Mid-year Budget Review on Monday, July 25, in Parliament, the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, revealed a draft Concession Agreement (CA) between GIIF and the Ministry of Roads and Highs (MoRH) is currently under review by the Office of the Attorney-General and Ministry of Finance.
“When completed, the CA is expected to be approved by the PPP Committee, Cabinet and Parliament. The completed road will be tolled to recover the whole life cost of the completed infrastructure as well as pay lenders and provide a return for equity investors,” he added.
He also indicated that the Government of Ghana will provide funding through GIIF to take equity in the Special Purpose Vehicle to be created by GIIF for the project.
“The Government of Ghana has made a strategic decision, in line with the Public Private Partnership Act, 2020 (Act 1039), to procure the Accra-Tema Motorway and Extensions Project through GIIF with a mandate to deliver a GIIF-led PPP financing solution, where maximum funds are raised from the market, but majority ownership of the project remains with GIIF on behalf of the Ghanaian Government.
“Mr Speaker, under the Ministry of Roads and Highways (MoRH) Public-Private Partnership (PPP) programme for road infrastructure, the Design, Build, Finance, Operate, and Maintain (DBFOM) Accra – Tema Motorway and Extension PPP Project (27.7km) is at the procurement stage. Site works are expected to commence in September 2022.”