By Stephen Odoi-Larbi
AN EXECUTIVE Member of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) has confessed that he has never paid road toll ever since his party assumed power in 2009.
The Deputy Regional Youth Organiser of the party, Asiedu Keteke, stunned journalists and other party members, when he openly admitted that he had driven past tool booths several times without paying.
The open admission of the ruling party’s Deputy Youth Organiser came on Saturday, when he was on board with some journalists and party sympathisers who accompanied the Attorney-General and Minister of justice, Mrs. Betty Mould-Iddrisu, to her hometown at Ejuratia to witness the official commissioning of a school and a mosque, which were constructed by the Attorney-General and her husband, Alhaji Mahama Iddrisu.
Upon reaching a toll booth at Aboaso, on their way back to Kumasi, Asiedu instructed the driver of the American Ford vehicle they were riding in, not to pay the fee, because he was carrying executives of the ruling party, to which the driver obliged.
After denying the nation of the revenue, the NDC Deputy Regional Organiser defended his action, saying he did not see the reason why the driver should pay toll booth when he was carrying party executives.
He went on further to proclaim that he had never paid the toll ever since his party took over.
“Why should I pay toll; in fact, I will never pay,” he stressed, not even after his attention had been drawn to the fact that some journalists were in the car, and that they could broadcast the matter to the detriment of the party and the government.
The government of the NDC has not gained enough popularity in the matter of toll booths, following the astronomic increase last year of fee per passage of vehicle from 50Gp to GH¢1.
Commercial drivers protested vehemently against the decision, but the government stood on its grounds, and insisted on the drivers paying the charges, a situation which led to a boycott of operations to areas where toll booths are situated, by some aggrieved commercial drivers.