May 28, 2024 12:12 am

Why chase Woyome for GH₵51m if GH₵78m is nothing? – Osafo Maafo asked

Senior advisor to the president, Yaw Osafo Maafo, has been quizzed on the logic in chasing businessman, Alfred Agbesi Woyome, for a GH₵51 million fraudulent judgement debt paid to him at the expense of a supposed GH₵78 million realised from road tolls.

Captain Smart, host of Onua TV/FM’s ‘Maakye’ says even though Mr. Woyome’s money was a fraudulent transaction, the value is below the amount generated from the monthly road tolls which government considers a peanut, and hence discontinuing.

His comment comes on the back of Mr. Osafo Maafo’s interview with Omanhene Kwabena Asante on Adom TV’s ‘Badwam’ where he said he was shocked to learn GH₵78 million is all Ghana gains from the toll levy which is costing the nation’s productivity in terms of the traffic it creates.

But monitoring his rants Monday, November 22, 2021, learnt the logic behind the scrap of the toll is preposterous according to Captain Smart.

“If GH₵78 million is nothing, why are you chasing Woyome for GH₵51 million? Osafo Maafo you’re a liar. It’s not 78 million. When the politician wants to lie, they quote figures. You know why, it’s because they know Ghanaians don’t like reading,” he averred.

Whilst presenting the 2022 Fiscal Policy and Budget Statement on Wednesday, November 17, Finance Minister, Ken Ofori announced government is scrapping the road tolls on all public roads.

Amongst the reasons for the initiative according to the Minister is to reduce the heavy traffic on the highways that has impeded productivity.

But the comment from the former Finance and Senior Minister also suggests the revenue generated from the toll levy is not fit for purpose when the merits and demerits are weighed.

Meanwhile, Captain Smart believes even if the amount is GH₵78 million as the Mr. Osafo Maafo claims, it is not an amount so meagre to be scrapped as government intends doing.


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