In a democracy, when the people feel the government is not responding to their needs, they embark on a civil disobedience.
Civil disobedience is the active, professed refusal of a citizen to obey certain laws, demands, orders or commands of a government or occupying international power.
Now some motorists who ply the potholes filled Tema Motorway have decided to embark on a civil disobedience.
They are refusing to pay the road toll at the toll booth in protest of the government’s inability and seeming unwillingness to fix the potholes on the motorway.
People who use the Tema motorway know that the limit on the road is increased as such the drivers are more inclined to speed on the motorway.
However, with a great number of potholes on the motorway, they form little death traps scattered on the what should be a fast-paced road.
The drivers who are refusing to pay the tolls are sharing their videos on social media…
Operation No Toll on the Tema Motorway 💯 pic.twitter.com/49K9OaZ6Zl
— Grand (@KojoGrand) November 6, 2018
That has added some momentum to the call Ghanaians have made to the government to get the road fixed.
I’m glad some drivers have decided not to pay the toll on the Tema motorway stretch! It’s time the money being collected is used for the appropriate cause. Enough of the money spending, too many people have lost their lives on that road and it’s time for ACTION!!
— Queen Es (@naa_noi) November 8, 2018
— Jerry_Joy_Quaye (@Jerry_Joy_Quaye) November 8, 2018
The Accra Tema Motorway toll di3, we all stop dey pay!
— Rev. Dr. Kwaku Yeboah (@Kwaku_Specter) November 8, 2018
So the no toll for Tema Motorway thing, we all we dey do?
— 🌞 (@Bla_Kay) November 7, 2018
I like this new trend of some drivers decision not to pay the toll on the Tema motorway.
I like it. More drivers shd join the movement.
— Snu Snu (@icet88) November 7, 2018
Maybe this will get the attention of the government. If you want to gain someone’s attention… you hit them where it hurts.
When they see the dwindling returns from the toll booth collection, they may finally decide to act.
Photo credit: Ivy Enyonam