Parliament To Investigate Toll Charges At Legon

The First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Mr Ebo Barton-Oduro, has directed the Parliamentary Select Committee on Roads and Transport to investigate the circumstances under which the University of Ghana, Legon was granted permission to charge tolls for the use of its roads.

The committee has two weeks within which to carry out the task and report back to the House.

Mr Barton -Oduro issued the directive yesterday after the Member of Parliament for Manhyia, Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh (NPP), drew the attention of Parliament to the issue.

Mr Prempeh said since the issue involved an educational institution, the Parliamentary Select Committee on Education should also be made to participate in the deliberations.

The Committee on Roads and Transport was scheduled to meet the Minister for Roads and Highways, Alhaji Amin Amidu Sulemani, yesterday to discuss the matter but the meeting was cancelled following the directive by the Deputy Speaker.

When a committee of Parliament takes its own independent action, it is not under any obligation to report its findings to the House.

However, when a matter is referred to it by the Speaker on the floor of the House, it gives an indication that Parliament takes that matter seriously and a committee to which a matter is referred for action is under obligation to report its findings back to the House.