The Minority in parliament has accused Greater Accra Regional Minister, Henry Quartey, of arrogating to himself powers he does not possess.
Ranking member for Committee on Roads and Transport, Kwame Governs Agbodza noted that only the Roads and Highways and Transport ministers have the power to make such declarations.
Speaking to Naa Deedei Tettey on Starr Today, Mr Agbodza said “there is no law in this country that gives power to regional minister to determine which vehicles drive on which roads.”
According to the NDC MPs, the declaration by the minister that bi-laws are being rolled out to ban tricycles popularly known as Aboboyaa from plying highways is an illegality.
“With the specific issue about my colleague suggesting that at a point in time next year, they are not going to allow ‘Aboboyaa’, in other words, tricycles that carry refuse from household and other things with the attempt to take them to Tema where the recycling plant is. You are aware the reason the aboboyaa are doing that, is because that is where the treatment plant is.”
The Adaklu MP further accused Mr. Quartey of overstepping his authority, “we don’t have enough treatment plant within Accra itself. If you see them on the highway going to Tema, is simply because there is no other way they can dump it. So if the minister says somewhere next year, they are going to stop them, let him be aware he is overstepping the authority under his watch.”
Meanwhile, from November 1, this year, aboboyaa will not be allowed to operate on highways and major roads in Greater Accra Region, including the Accra-Tema Motorway.
Source: Starrfm.com.gh/103.5fm/Christabel Nsiah