Legon Toll Would’ve Sparked Chaos In Ghana’s Universities – Education Ministry

The Ministry of Education had been silent in the wrangling between authorities of the University of Ghana, on one hand, and government and students, on the other, over the collection of tolls from users of educational institution roads.

The decision was taken last year but began to be enforced on February 1, 2014.

After huge public outcry and directive from government for a halt in the collection, authorities of the University announced suspension of their action, insisting it is doing so based on an assurance by government to service the loan it secured for rehabilitation.

The Ministry of Education opened up to TV3 last Friday, February 21, 2014, saying it has been working behind the scenes in asking the University to rescind its decision.

According to the Ministry, allowing the premier university to collect such tolls would have made the other universities in the country do a similar thing.

“If such a thing prevails, the other universities will follow suit and they will bring a lot of chaotic situations in the country,” said Paul Krampah, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Ministry.

“We will definitely engage [the University authorities] and see how best the Ministry can actually cater for the expenses that they have actually incurred in the construction of the road.”