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All New Roads To Be Tolled – Finance Minister

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Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta has served notice that new roads to be constructed by government in partnership with investors will be tolled.

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He said the roads, most of which will be by public-private partnership (PPP), will have users paying while travelling on them in order to recover the costs.

Mr Ofori-Atta made this known on Monday, July 25 when he delivered the mid-year budget review on the floor of Parliament.

He emphasised that the new projects must be “self-financing” and that can only be attained if the roads are tolled.

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Mr Ofori-Atta minced no words by indicating that the tolls will also be used to pay contractors and provide equity for investors.

Tolls on the country’s public roads were abolished in the 2022 budget statement and government’s financial policy presented on Wednesday, November 17, 2021.

Mr Ofori-Atta had told Parliament then that the decision was taken as a result of heavy traffic, sprawling markets and pollution around the tollbooths.

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“It is true that more roads have been fixed and are being fixed over the last five years than any relative period in the entire history of our nation. We even want to do a lot more and this budget will cater for this.

“That is why for decades, Government after Government imposed and maintained tolls on some public roads to raise funds for road construction and maintenance.

“This is the situation in many countries. However, over the years, the tolling points have become unhealthy market centres, led to heavy traffic on our roads, lengthened travel time from one place to another, and impacted negatively on productivity.

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“The congestion generated at the tolling points, besides creating these inconveniences, also leads to pollution in and around those vicinities.

“To address these challenges, Government has abolished all tolls on public roads and bridges. This takes effect immediately the Budget is approved (after appropriation or now?). The toll collection personnel will be reassigned. The expected impact on productivity and reduced environmental pollution will more than off-set the revenue forgone by removing the tolls.”

 

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Joy Entertainment is now official media partner of Ghana DJ Awards Festival

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Merqury Republic Africa have announced a partnership with Joy Entertainment, Ghana’s number one urban entertainment media conglomerate, for the 1oth annual Ghana DJ Awards Festival.

Continuing a famed reputation for dedicated support to the Ghanaian Arts and Entertainment Industry, Joy Entertainment will, with enthusiasm and professionalism, oversee all related publicity initiatives, targeted at making the 10th edition of Ghana DJ Awards Festival a huge success. This will be effectively executed via Joy FM, Joy Prime, Hitz FM, Joy News, MyJoyOnline.com and all social media platforms.

This new partnership will give music fans the opportunity to enjoy comprehensive updates on the Ghana DJ Awards festival throughout the season, across the full breadth of Joy Entertainment platforms.

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Known as Africa’s biggest DJ festival, Ghana DJ Awards is the biggest celebration of today’s hottest urban music which throws spotlight on DJs and music artistes who keep music alive.

With on-air support, co-curation support and offering of talents by Joy Entertainment, the partnership is expected to deliver the highest form of entertainment and information for Ghanaians and audiences in the diaspora.

In addition, all the lined activities for the Ghana DJ Awards Festival and TV/Radio broadcast will be in association with Joy 99.7fm, Hitz 103.9fm, Joy Prime, Joy News, MyJoyOnline.com and other key partners.

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“We have been supportive of the Ghana DJ Awards here and there. But this time round, we are coming with everything.

It’s 10 years, and we have helped nurture it here and there, but now is time to celebrate; it’s a festival – and so we are coming on board with the power of Joy Entertainment. What it means is that you are going to have Joy FM, Hitz FM, Joy Prime, MyJoyonline, Joy News and all our social media platforms.

Everybody is going to be on board for us to make this festival a very big one”, Edem knight-Tay, head of programmes at Joy FM, remarked during an interview with I.B Ben Bako after the official signing of the partnership agreement on Friday.

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“We’re thrilled to partner with a powerhouse in the Radio, TV and new media industry like the Multimedia Group, to bring new life and a fresh perspective to the Ghana DJ Awards Festival music entertainment experience,” stated Eve-Ann Duncan, events coordinator, Merqury Republic Africa.

Ghana DJ Awards festival programming includes the nationwide Pub Fest, DJ Clinic, Fan Fest, nominees jam and the main awards night which climaxes the celebration.


Source:http://Sintim Media 

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