THE four toll booths in the Brong Ahafo Region recorded a total of GH¢78,743 in two weeks following the recent increase in road tolls as against GH¢38,750 recorded for the same period before the increment.
The toll booths in the region are sited at Bechem on the Sunyani-Kumasi highway, Fiapre on the Sunyani-Berekum road, Babato and Bamboi in the Kintampo North Municipality.
The Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Mr Kwadwo Nyamekye-Marfo, disclosed this when J. Adom Limited, a Sunyani-based construction firm, donated a brand new Toyota Avensis saloon car valued at GH¢15,000 to the chief of Menji, Nana Alhaji Lamin Adisa II, at a brief ceremony at Menji in the Tain District in the Brong Ahafo Region.
The company donated the vehicle to Nana Alhaji Adisa, who is said to be over 100 years old and former President of the Tain Divisional Chiefs Council, for his personal use and also to facilitate his movement as a result of his old age.
Apart from the car, the company also presented GH¢1,000 cash to Nana Alhaji Adisa to purchase fuel and also for the maintenance of the vehicle.
Mr Nyamekye-Marfo stated that the amount realised from the new tolls would be used for the development of roads in the country,from which the region would also benefit.
He added that the money would also enable the government to undertake sustainable maintenance of the road network in the country.
The regional minister urged Ghanaians to exercise restraint and rally behind the government to achieve its “Better Ghana Agenda.”
He said the government had the welfare of the people of Ghana at heart and would therefore not introduce policies that would be inimical to the well-being of Ghanaians.
Mr Nyamekye-Marfo expressed gratitude to J. Adom Limited and its Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr Joseph Adom, for the philanthropic gesture, and expressed hope that it would help the chief in his movement.
He called on the community, especially the youth, to offer their assistance and also co-operate with J. Adom Limited, which was currently working on the Nsawkaw-Menji-Sampa road to ensure that the work was completed on schedule.
The Managing Director of J. Adom Limited, Mr Kwabena Agyei Arhin, said the donation was part of the company’s social agenda policy to assist the vulnerable and those who were in need in the society.
He said as part of its policy, the company had assisted a number of workers to construct their own residential accommodation.
Mr Arhin added that the haulage division of the company in Kumasi had also honoured two hardworking staff with building materials worth GH¢6,000 and GH¢4,000 cash.
He stated that the company had also instituted a scholarship scheme for needy students from the senior high school (SHS) to the tertiary educational institution level.
Besides, Mr Arhin said the company had assisted many communities within the areas and it had constructed additional roads free-of-charge for them.
Nana Alhaji Adisa thanked Mr Adom for the gesture and asked for Allah’s blessings for him and for the company.