Nana Addo will be remembered for the closure of toll booths - Traders at Aboaso Toll booth speak out
It's exactly one week since the Finance Minister presented the 2022 budget before parliament and through his presentation, ordered the closure of toll booths across the country.
A section of traders at the Aboaso toll in the Kwabre East Municipal of the Ashanti Region have pleaded unto the Ghanaian government to reconsider his decision on the closure of tolls across the country.
Per their complaints, the decision has really affected their business as Christmas looms. They have opined that affording two square meals for themselves and their family is a great challenge therefore the President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo should reassess the situation else he will forever be remembered for such weird decision.
Tuesday was exactly one week since the Finance Minister presented the 2022 budget before parliament and through his presentation, ordered the closure of toll booths across the country.
The shutdown of toll operations has affected many people including, disabled people, hawkers and many more.
Speaking with the hawkers at the toll booth, they expressed their displeasure in the government as they plead with them to rescind the decision because it’s really affecting them.
“The toll booth closure has really affected us,” a duster seller said.
“Our goods are not patronized anymore and I am finding it difficult to feed my family. There are no jobs here in the Kwabre East to accommodate the youth yet the one we have has been shut down. What does Nana Addo expect us to do?
“He has to revive the toll booth else our lives are in a mess. I sell dusters and within two days, all my goods get finished, but this time, I have a lot in store not knowing how to sell them. I have never heard a toll booth closed since I was born. Why this?
A female native of Bono Region who trades at the Aboaso toll booth spoke regret and disappointment in the New Patriotic Party government for failing to prioritize sellers concern despite his promises of making the country a better place.
“The government must intervene in the situation of traders. In fact, I am beginning to regret as a trader in this life,” she told SoireeNews.
“Our only platform to raise income for our lives has been closed down and we are now frustrated not knowing what to do. Providing food for ourselves and our family is a great challenge and so we expect the government to reconsider hs decision.
Another revealed that the worst decision is the increment of the Mobile Money levy, combined with the closure of the toll booth. She criticized the Road Minister’s act and called Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo to quickly fix the situation before Ghanaians lose interest in his government.
“The toll helps in car congestion and passengers can buy whatever they want. It was helping us very well. I used to sell 300 cedis a day yet since the closure of the toll, I cannot even sell 50 cedis. The worst part s the mobile money deductions. Government must come again for we are not convinced with his decision.”