Contractors will be paid after the E-levy is passed, according to the Road Minister.

The Nana Akuffo Addo-led government appears to be hell-bent on passing the E-levy tax, despite calls from the majority of Ghanaians that they will not pay and that the minority in Parliament should ensure that the law is not adopted.  

People are asking if the government of the day can do anything for the public if the contentious E-Levy is not passed or allowed, based on a new comment by Minister of Roads Kwasi Amoako-Atta.   According to the Minister, his ministry is anticipating the passage of the E-levy so that he may pay road contractors for their job.

He told some contractors at a meeting that they should go out and lobby for the E-levy to be passed since they (contractors) would be the ones to benefit from the money, which would motivate them to work harder for mother Ghana. 

"When the E-levy comes in, we get our first portion of the road sector," he explained. All outstanding contractor bills will be paid in a very short time, and you will be able to do more job for this country. And we expect you to speak up because you will be the direct beneficiaries, and any real government will not make fun of contractors since the building business employs people of all skill levels." 

"Pay Contractors if you want me to circulate extremely effectively," Mr Amoako-Atta said.

When asked about the deactivation of tollbooths, the Minister responded that the average annual revenue could not even create a 10-kilometer road. 

"...the tollbooth, we were earning an average of GHc 68 million a year, around 5 to 6 million a month from all 38 tollbooths throughout Ghana, and everyone thought we were collecting revenue." We've been saying it for a long time, and you're contractors; you know how much it costs to build a kilometer of road.

So, if you earn GHc 68 million on average from January to December, you are contractors, and depending on the ground conditions, that sum can't even build 10 kilometers of road if you don't take care."


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