very prepared for an upping in the bridge and road tolls.
Madam Speaker, as an example, the last Parliament considered the issue of ensuring that all over the country we can have tolling of our roads and therefore, the last Parliament approved the total or the entire corridors as presented to them from Accra through Kumasi, through Techiman to Paga. From Accra through Kumasi through Techiman again to Hamile. From Accra through Kumasi to Sunyani and on the coastal highways and all the major corridors.
These were approved for tolling and therefore, Madam Speaker, I would want to urge the Minister to seriously consider what have been started as shown by the installation of the toll plaza on the Mallam Kasoa road which is one of the examples of what the previous administration did to ensure that we collect more tolls in order to improve upon our Road Rund for us to get more money to continue with our maintenance and other activities.
Madam Speaker, but when you are doing this, you are also constrained by the Road Fund law itself. The Road Fund law constrains one to ensure that the fundings are used for basically maintenance activities and if it is basically for maintenance activities then one would want to know whether up-grading rural roads, especially feeder roads which are now being tarred and I can give a few examples as I know currently. If you look at all the regions, a lot of tarring activities on feeder roads are going on.
If you take a place like the Eastern Region, from the end of June 2008, about 616 kilometres more of feeder roads were being tarred. In the Central Region, 146
kilometres more were being tarred, in the Volta Region, 209 kilometres more were being tarred. In the Upper East Region, 76 kilometres more and in the Upper West Region, 99 kilometres more.
Madam Speaker, these are going on country-wide but in order for us to get more funding to continue with these activities, there will be the need for an improvement in the Road Fund accruals. That is why I am urging the Ministry to seriously consider the accruals as per fuel levy, as per the road and bridge tolls which together would help to improve upon the totality of the Fund. And also for the Ministry to consider what has been started but which was not initiated because of the new Government coming in for road tolls and bridge tolls to be increased to a certain extent.
This Government may want to consider what level of tolling they may want to, but at the end of the day, it is a matter of getting more funding into the Road Fund to ensure that we get more of our road activities done.
Madam Speaker, this is just the little I want to contribute.
Deputy Minister for Energy (Mr. Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah): Madam Speaker, I rise to support the motion and in doing so, I wish to draw the attention of this House to the growing menace of armed robbery on our roads.
Madam Speaker, it must be recalled that last Saturday, the Hon District Chief Executive (DCE) of Ellembele District, after a one week orientation in Accra, on his way a back to his district, was attacked at 8.00 p.m. by armed robbers. Madam Speaker, his car was taken from him, he was completely robbed, his money was
taken and they used the Government car to rob passengers on other commercial vehicles.
Madam Speaker, this menace is happening and one of the reasons this is being intensified is because of the poor state of our roads and also because of lack of intensive police patrols.
Madam Speaker, I want to use this occasion to ask the police to increase patrols across the country and instead of the stationary checks by police that more or less is resulting into a collection spot, Madam Speaker, I think that the police can do better by intensifying patrols to really address this issue.