FG Reintroduces Tollgate Levies On Federal Highways; Nigerians to pay N500, N200 per trip

Babatunde Fashola

The Federal Executive Council has approved the reintroduction of toll collections on some selected dual carriageways across the country.

This is as it exempted diplomatic, military, para-military vehicles, tricycles, motorcycles from the scheme.

Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, disclosed these on Wednesday while briefing the State House correspondents at the end of the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The decision was made almost two decades after the Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration dismantled all toll plazas on federal roads across the country in 2003.

Fashola said his ministry presented a memo which the council approved to reintroduce tollgates on dual carriageways of the 35,000km federal roads.

These roads, he explained, amounted to only 14.3 per cent of the entire 35,000km stretch of federal roads that were dual carriageways and would be eligible for tolling with vehicles paying between N200 and N500 toll per trip, depending on their brand while diplomatic, military, para-military as well as tricycles and motorcycles would be exempted.

The minister added that dual carriageways represented only 5,050km out of the total 35,000km.

He said, “So the total network of roads today, assuming we wanted to start today, which we’re not, that will be eligible for tolling on the federal network will be 14.3 per cent of the total network. So, 85.27 per cent will not be eligible for tolling.

“We have seen that most of those dual carriageways also have alternative roads, but they are single carriageways; that’s why we left them. So, the only exception to single carriageway are some bridges and they are listed in the regulation.”

The minister said with the FEC approving the reintroduction of toll plazas on selected roads, it was now working modalities to determine how soon the tolling system would take off.

He said, “The Ministry of Works and Housing presented a policy memorandum for the approval of federal roads, bridges, tolling policy, and also a regulation that will provide a legal framework for the tolling policy.

“So, we have taken another step. So let me be clear, tolls are not going to start tomorrow. So let us be clear about that.”

Fashola stressed that the open tolling system to be introduced would not commence until the affected roads were motorable while operational agreements would have to be negotiated with relevant government agencies.

The Minister also said the toll collected would not only be used to maintain the roads but would also be used to construct new ones while the toll system would be electronically driven for transparency.

Fashola noted that FG consulted widely with public and private sector stakeholders before agreeing to reintroduce toll on federal highways.

“Fashola Missed This?” Aisha Yesufu Asks As Lagos Judicial Panel Makes Vital Discovery At Toll Gate

Today the Lagos Judicial Panel made an interesting discovery that will help in uncovering the truths behind the massacre of the innocent protesters at Lekki Toll Gate on the night of October 20th.

<p class="has-drop-cap" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">It's been ten days now since peaceful protesters were attacked by some military men at the Lekki Toll Gate, where some of the protesters were allegedly shot and killed. According to eyewitnesses at the Toll Gate, the military went with the bodies of those they killed, but this claim has continued to rake up serious controversies for days now.It’s been ten days now since peaceful protesters were attacked by some military men at the Lekki Toll Gate, where some of the protesters were allegedly shot and killed. According to eyewitnesses at the Toll Gate, the military went with the bodies of those they killed, but this claim has continued to rake up serious controversies for days now.

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu had first claimed that there was no death recorded at the scene, but he later said that only two people died that night. A few days ago, the Nigerian Army denied shooting at the protesters, and claimed that they were only at Lekki Toll Gate to ensure peace at the scene on the orders of the Lagos State Governor.

The pressure from several notable Nigerians and the international community on the federal government to expose the truth behind the massacre at Lekki Toll Gate that night, had made the federal government order state governments to set up judicial panels to look into the cases of police brutality reported by members of the public. And a judicial panel of enquiry was also set up to investigate the massacre that was reported at Lekki Toll Gate that night.

Today, the Lagos Judicial Panel embarked on a visit to the Toll Gate, and there they found something shocking. In a video which was made known to the public by the panel led by Dorris Okuwobi, several bullets were discovered around the scene of the attack.

Photos of the bullets discovered at the scene:

According to Sahara Reporters, the investigation was done by the judicial panel in the presence of members of the public and journalists to make everything look transparent. The bullets will serve as huge evidence for the panel in their ongoing investigation.

When the videos were made known to the public, it attracted a plethora of reactions from members of the public. That’s because there had been previous denials from both the Nigerian Army and the Lagos State Government about the massacre. Out of those reactions was a funny question from Aisha Yesufu who asked how Fashola missed this.

Photos of Aisha Yesufu:

Below is the screenshot of the tweet she made this evening:

Recall that a few days ago, former Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, attracted the anger of millions of Nigerians when he visited the Lekki Toll Gate and allegedly discovered a hidden camera at the scene of the attack.

Even though the content of the camera has not been made known to members of the public up till now, Nigerians made a mockery of the shocking discovery and began referring to him with many ridiculous tags.

As expected, when Aisha Yesufu asked the ironic question, dozens of Nigerians took to the comment section to reply her, and below are some of the reactions she got.

As we already know, the alleged discovery of the hidden camera by Fashola at the scene of the attack a few days ago did not go down well for Nigerians, as many said that the whole thing was stage-managed.

What do you think about this question that Aisha asked, and the discovery of the hidden camera by Fashola a few days ago? Do you think he combed the scene of the attack very well, or he just did not see those bullets?

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Nigerians Disappointed Because They Are Looking For Results In The Wrong Place – Fashola

File photo of the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola on Thursday said Nigerians are disappointed in the present administration because they are looking for results in the wrong place.

Fashola who disclosed this in an interview on Channels Television said Nigerians should note that governance is not magic and the results they promptly need can only be delivered by states and local governments which are the closest to grassroots.

“Governance is not magic. It is the act of the possible and our responsibility is to always project hope. Perhaps those who feel that way (disappointed) should be made to realize that what we expect of the Nigerian Federal government lies more with the state government and the local government…some of the most basic things.

“What we should do is to focus on the government that is closest to us. I will urge people to go and read the constitution, the powers the President has are about 45, many of them are categorised as power but they are even functions and duties.

“The government that can transform us and give us what we want quickly are the government closest to us – state and local government,” he said.

Fashola notes that basic infrastructure like primary healthcare, primary education, among others which Nigerians clamour for, can only be delivered by state and local governments.

“Looking for the Federal Government or a magic President is why we seem to have been disappointed. We are looking for the results in the wrong place,” Fashola said.

He urged Nigerians to read the constitution to understand better the divide between the state and the Federal Government.

According to him refuse management, water supply, primary healthcare, basic education, etc are all matters within the local and state government and the duties rest upon the state governors.