FG to reintroduce toll gates in 38 points across Nigeria – Fashola

The Federal Government has announced that it had concluded plans to re-introduce tolls on major highways across the country.

Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), while appearing before the Senate Committee on Federal Roads Maintenance Agency on Thursday, said 38 points had been identified in the first phase of the re-introduction.

“Clearly, tolling is coming,” the minister told the lawmakers.

While saying that the new toll gates would be situated at the old spots, Fashola stated that tolls would be collected after the roads had been made motorable.

He said, “We are not going to ask road users to pay toll on a road that is not good. While the construction (of gates) is going on, we are working on the design. We want to standardise the design so that people when we ask people to come and bid for the construction, we can control what they are going to construct. They are going to construct the materials we have prescribed. We can also control the price so that nobody is bidding with disparage prices; there will be the floor and the ceiling. Your price will vary according to how many plazas you build and not because you claim to have used ‘foreign’ materials.

“The last part we are working on is the software that drives the management, audit, and payment of toll fares. We want to use the development that has taken place between when the old toll plazas were dismantled and now. There were no GSM and payment platforms as of that time as we have cellphones and cards now. We want to make it very easy for people to go to kiosks and buy toll cards and pay tolls.”

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3 Comments

  1. Sir Fashola,RESPECT SIR… PLEASE DON’T DO this. This will affect your pedigree… DON’T ADD to THE HARDSHIP of Nigerians. He lives abroad before. Who knows better that Toll-Gates are Security Reasons, NOT otherwise…

  2. Personally I do not see anything wrong with road toll collection
    After all, even in UK, motorists do pay toll on some roads
    However the monies collected at the toll gates should strictly and judicously be used at all times to keep the roads up to standard
    All roads must be pot hole free all the time
    Besides, a stringent measure needs to be put in place to monitor those working at those gates and their bosses to prevent the usual ticket racketeering that is common with such projects in Nigeria

  3. As if the suffering we Nigerians are undergoing now is not enough. Egyptian task masters. Telling us to pay more money when you have no money in circulation.

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