The Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho, has given the Roads Committee of the House two weeks to investigate and submit a report on the charging of road tolls by the University of Ghana (UG), Legon.
The Manhyia South Member of Parliament (MP), Matthew Opoku Prempeh, is said to have raised the issue of the road tolls on the floor of Parliament yesterday.
Citi News’ Parliamentary correspondent, Richard Dela Sky, reported that Mr. Opoku Prempeh “thought that it was a matter of serious public importance which the House needed to make a decision on what University of Ghana has been doing over the past few days.”
But the Majority Leader, Dr. Benjamin Kunbuor, however, drew the attention of the Speaker to the fact that the Roads Committee of Parliament, had already initiated investigation into the matter and therefore pleaded with the Speaker to allow the committee to finish its work to inform the decision making of the House.
Richard Sky also reported that the Minority Leader, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, on his part stated that “per the traditions of the House, committees of Parliament cannot deal with issues the House which the Speaker has not specifically referred to them.”
The Speaker, therefore, gave a directive for the matter to be properly referred to the Roads and Highways Committee “and gave them up to two weeks to finish their investigations and appropriately report to the House,” he added.
The committee was scheduled to meet yesterday to commence investigations into the issue.
The Roads and Highways Minister, Alhaji Amin Amidu Sulemani, has been summoned before the Committee.
The Authorities of the UG on February 1, started charging road tolls to all drivers; a development which has been kicked against by the student leadership and sections of the public.
Two students have also filed a case at the Supreme Court, seeking its intervention on the issue.
But the school authorities has however reviewed the tolling system which is now exempting students from paying while commercial vehicles who were expected to pay GHC 400 per year will now pay GHC 100.