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FG to introduce toll gate on Federal roads

Valentine Chinyem

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The Federal Government may re-introduce toll gates on Federal highways.

This was made known on by the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, while speaking to State House Correspondents after the Federal Executive Council Meeting in Abuja.

In the meeting which was presided by President Buhari before jetting out for South Africa, Fashola said there was no law that stopped the government from having toll gate on federal roads.

He said, “There is no reason why we can’t toll, there was a policy of government to abolish tolls or as it where, dismantle toll plaza but there is no law that prohibits tolling in Nigeria today. We expect to return toll plazas, we have concluded their designs of what they will look like, what materials they will be rebuilt with, what new considerations must go into them.

“What we are looking at now and trying to conclude is how the bank end runs.”

It is over a decade since toll gates were abolished by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, saying it breeds corruption and does not raise enough money to take care of Federal roads, but only causes delay for motorists. He said, funds for the maintenance of roads would be generated from monies made from excess crude oil sale.

However, Fashola said, FG would consider eliminating payment of cash at toll gates by introducing electronic mode of payment.