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All New Roads To Be Tolled – Finance Minister

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All New Roads To Be Tolled – Finance Minister

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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CMA22: Adom Mysterious Band To Face Cape Vibes Band in a hot Brass Band Challenge

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CMA22: Adom Mysterious Band To Face Cape Vibes Band in a hot Brass Band Challenge at the Black Carpet Session  

Adom Mysterious Band and Cape Vibes Band to battle it out in a hot Brass Band Challenge during the Black Carpet session before the main event at the Central Music Awards 2022

As part of the 11th edition of the Central Music Awards, Heritage Promotions, the organizing team introduced four (4) new categories to the scheme of which included the “BEST BRASS BAND OF THE YEAR “.

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The “Best Brass Band” Category was introduced to recognize, celebrate and award hardworking Brass Band Groups in Central Region which are contributing to the promotion of central music.

Adom Mysterious Band

In view of this, the organizing team for the 11th edition of the Central Music Awards is set to host a mega Brass Band Challenge between ADOM MYSTERIOUS BAND & CAPE VIBES BAND during the Black Carpet session before the main event.

This makes the Central Music Awards the first Regional Awards Scheme in Ghana to introduce a Brass Band Challenge at it’s event night.

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According to the organizing team, the 11th edition of the scheme is slated for Saturday, November 26, 2022 at the Glitz City Hotel, Danicom School at Pedu behind Hutchland City in Cape Coast.

The Black Carpet session begins at exactly 7PM with the main event scheduled at 9PM.

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The organizing team anticipates about 2000 attendees for this year’s Award celebration.

Attendees are advised to purchase advance tickets or at the gate at a cool rate of GCH 30  Regular, GHC 50 VIP and GHC 100 VVIP.

Come all to experience the glitz and glam at the Black Carpet with exclusive photoshoots with your favorite celebrities and brass band thrills.

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Heritage Event Promotions

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