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Toll Workers Association Denies YEA Employment Claims, Says Facts Inaccurate

On February 22, the agency announced the recruitment of 282 Persons With Disabilities (PWDs), including former toll collectors. However, the Secretary of the Ghana Toll Workers Association, Edward Duncan, has refuted these claims in an interview on Citi FM's Eyewitness News on Friday.

The Ghana Toll Workers Association has denied claims that the Youth Employment Agency has already employed some former tollbooth workers.

On February 22, the agency announced the recruitment of 282 Persons With Disabilities (PWDs), including former toll collectors. However, the Secretary of the Ghana Toll Workers Association, Edward Duncan, has refuted these claims in an interview on Citi FM’s Eyewitness News on Friday.

Duncan clarified that the government is currently in the process of hiring some of the former tollbooth workers and that some of them were only called for an interview on February 22 and 23.

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“It is not true that those 99 have been engaged. What is true is that they have gone for interviews. As to whether they will be employed or not is another matter. They have not been given any form of employment letter.”

“They started (the interview) on Thursday, and even on Friday, so for the CEO to come out and say that they have employed 99 is not entirely true. They have started the process. They have gone for interviews for them to be employed,” he stated.

The Youth Employment Agency (YEA) announced employment opportunities for 282 individuals, including former tollbooth workers who lost their jobs due to the policy change. 

The road toll system in Ghana was canceled in the 2022 budget presentation by the former Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, to enhance productivity, reduce environmental pollution, and alleviate heavy traffic caused by toll collection points nationwide.

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However, the government’s decision to abolish road tolls has resulted in unemployment for some toll booth workers. There have been discussions about the potential reintroduction of tolls, possibly with electronic features.

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