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Undercover investigations by The National Forum (TNF) have revealed massive day light looting of state cash at the toll booths on the countrys highways, leading to loss of millions of Ghana cedis to the state.

As it is often said that crime knows no bound, the corruption in the public sector really has no ends.

If anyone was under the impression that the fight against corruption was about getting over and done with, then they better gird their loins for more turbulent and killing revelations of corrupt deeds.

Despite the wide public outcry, the condemnation and lamentations from senior public office holders including the president who described corruption as mass murder, nation wrecking act still manifests itself in broad-day light.

What is even sad about it is that this robbery is done without a gun pointed at head of anyone but rather helplessly the Ghanaian is made a victim.

This gangster robbery is takes place every second, minute, hour and 24hrs all year round in cycle.

It is happening on countrys highways, feeder roads, rough roads, asphalt road and even on the motorway which is the most patronized.

The simple ticketing at the toll booths ranging from 50pesewas to GhC4 has become an avenue to milk the sacred cow to death.

1. No. of Cars in 14days = 91,787 - 29,523 = 62,26450p = 31,132 for the saloon that traversed the Motoway on condition that there is only Booth 4 and the Motorway is a one-way traffic.

2. Considering the fact that 50p is the minimum paid and that the toll ranges even up to GHC10 and therefore using a modest average of GHC1.50p

For the 62,264 cars in 14days, 62,2641.50p = 93,396

In a month = 186,792

In a year = GHC 2,241,504

The effect of the above computation based on real higher figures any further shows how the sacred cow is on daily basis being milked dead.

Interestingly, this has never come up in any Auditor-General findings perhaps because we underestimate the poll paid per car especially the saloon ones.

If the A-G would address itself to the volume of cars instead of dwelling their neglect on the figures per car, it would be in the highest national interest.

Another state institution which should of necessity be interested in this daylight robbery is the Ghana Revenue Authority.

It is the duty of that agency to generate revenue for the State in pursuit of the nations hopes and aspirations. One wonders why such colossal amounts would be going down the drain while state hired officers look on unconcerned.

The Ministry of Roads and Highways as well as its agency Ghana Road Fund assigned the responsibility of tolling on the countrys highways should explain why the figures we record are so low.

Some analysts and engineers TNF spoke to believe that if there were transparency and proper accountability with monies realised in the tolling area, state could construct additional motorways beyond proper maintenance of the existing one.

The mouth-watering figures above are coming from just one booth in one direction of the motorway.

The reality is that the motorway is made up of opposite sides with each having 4 booths. The multiple effects could possibly put an able spirited body to sleep.

It is incredible and matter of serious worry that such an activity can escape public scrutiny.
Source: The Nationa Forum

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