Tollbooths that have been abandoned will be repurposed as washrooms. Roads Minister Kwasi Amoako-Attah has stated that in several regions of the nation, plans are ongoing to convert abandoned tollbooths into washrooms.
The decision, according to the Minister, is intended to end the trend of commuters and drivers taking a break by the roadside.
After officials from the National Roads Safety Authority (NRSA) urged the Ministry to dismantle the different tollbooths if the government had no other purpose for them, the Minister made this announcement.
The existence of the booths, according to the NRSA, might cause traffic accidents.
Mr Amoako-Attah stated to the reporters following the meeting with NRSA officials that it is also to address the washroom deficiency on the country’s numerous routes.
“The government will renovate all of those tollbooth constructions so that motorists may use proper and decent washrooms.” As a result, we encourage them to refrain from the behavior of automobiles stopping arbitrarily on the highway and people getting out to wee-wee, as we often refer to it.
“You see guys [urinating] on the left and ladies [urinating] on the right, it’s all obscene, it’s not a nice habit,” he said.
However, Kwame Koduah Atuahene, the Head of the NRSA Compliance Unit, stated that the tollbooths have become a hindrance to motorists and may represent a threat to them and that they should be destroyed.
“We’ve spoken to the Ghana Highway Authority, and they’ve agreed to do whatever it takes to remove them [tollbooths] before we take action.”
“Either remove them or provide adequate prior warning of 500 meters or one kilometer in advance to alert cars that they are approaching an unused tollbooth and that they should slow down.” “At the end of the day, we want motorists to be safe,” he told the press.