Gov’t Accused of Tampering Road Levy Contract

Former Roads and Highways Minister under erstwhile National Democratic Congress (NDC) regime, Hon. Innusah Fusieni has accused the current government of making alterations to the contract agreement of the mandatory towing levy the previous administration entered with the implementors.

The Tamale Central lawmaker who was the sector minister at the time the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) entered the agreement with the Road Management Services Limited (RMSL) in 2013 says the current government has tampered with the original agreement.
“We never got to a point that we should give the whole contract to one particular person”, Hon. Innusah Fusieni revealed on an Accra based radio station.
“Twenty years means that they have given the company a concession. …the concession is given normally when the project is a PPP [Public Private Partnership] so we give him enough opportunity to recover”, Hon. Fusieni stated.
“The question is was the PID Unit of the Ministry of Finance responsible because they are the sole agency responsible of guiding public institutions into entering into PPPs. ..were they part of it?”, he quizzed.
According to the former Minister, competition is good and always  inures to the benefit of the consumer.
He stated that vehicle owners are complaining about the fees because companies were prevented from bidding for the contract .
“We need to protect lives and property. …we have to hold vehicle owners but we don’t have to make somebody richer by default”, he pointed out stating the law is good and must be implemented anyway.
Source: Danso-Dapaah
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