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.

The Remains Of Five Prospective Corps Members Arrive Uyo By Military Aircraft

The remains of the five prospective members of the National Youth Service Corps who lost their lives in a crash on the Abaji-Kwali Expressway in Abuja on July 28 have been flown to Uyo, the Akwa-Ibom state capital for burial

The bodies of the deceased were conveyed to Uyo by an Airforce Plane.

They were traveling at night from Uyo, Nigeria’s South-south, to Katsina, in the North-west region, when the accident occurred along Abuja-Abaji-Kwali Expressway on Wednesday around 4 a.m.

Four of the victims were from Akwa Ibom State, while one was from Imo State.

The Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic, Ikot Osura, confirmed that two of their graduates were among the dead.

The polytechnic Rector, Moses Umobong, in a statement on Thursday, identified the deceased as Innocent Ukpere and Victor Akpan, who were graduates of Mass Communication

The other three have been identified as Miracle Asuquo, graduate of Psychology; Stella Ekikoh, graduate of Sociology and Anthropology; and Ezuruike Coleman, a graduate of History and International Studies, all of the University of Uyo (Uniuyo), Nigeria.

The Akwa Ibom Governor, Udom Emmanuel, while receiving the NYSC director-general sent his condolences to the families of the late corps members..

Pastor TB Joshua dies at 57

  • Nigerian televangelist TB Joshua died in Lagos, Nigeria, on Saturday.
  • He gained popularity throughout Africa over his predictions of world events, politics and the economy.
  • Joshua was the founder and leader of the Synagogue, Church of All Nations

Temitope Balogun Joshua commonly referred to as T. B. Joshua, was a Nigerian charismatic pastor, televangelist and philanthropist. He was the leader and founder of The Synagogue, Church of All Nations, a Christian megachurch

Nigerian pastor and televangelist TB Joshua has died, aged 57, according to social media posts on his official Twitter account

Joshua was the leader and founder of the Synagogue, Church of All Nations (Scoan), a church that runs the Emmanuel television station in Lagos, Nigeria.

According to his official Twitter account, Joshua died on Saturday.

The Synagogue, Church of All Nations and Emmanuel TV Family appreciate your love, prayers and concern at this time and request a time of privacy for the family. Here are Prophet Joshua’s last words: ‘Watch and Pray’.”

Known for his popular church services televised from his Lagos headquarters, the controversial Nigerian pastor gained popularity throughout Africa over his predictions of world events, politics and the economy.

In one of his prophecies in 2017, Joshua said Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari would “protect” the country’s economy.

“President Buhari will do everything to reject the devaluation of the naira (Nigerian currency) – which is a good idea from a good leader. But there will be overwhelming pressure from above him, which he will not be able to resist,” he said in a televised clip.

At the time, media reports indicated that the Nigerian economy was suffering. Its main revenue generator, crude oil, was under attack by militants. The country, at the time, went into its first recession in more than 20 years.

The pastor also prophesied about the US elections, and claimed in a 2016 Facebook post that Hilary Clinton would beat her then-rival Donald Trump at the polls. The opposite happened and Trump won the presidency.

Some social media users mocked Joshua for the wrong prediction. In response, Joshua told his congregants in Lagos that his prediction was not off the mark and that people needed a “spiritual understanding” to be able to interpret his prophecy.

“There is nothing controversial about the prophecy. It is human beings that are controversial… we are not on the same level (of spiritual understanding),” he was quoted as saying at the time.

Joshua has a huge following in South Africa, with several branches across the country.

South African congregants have even travelled to Nigeria to attend his church services.

His followers included EFF leader Julius Malema, who visited Joshua in Lagos in 2013 shortly after forming the party. Malema said he sought blessings and counsel from Joshua.

In 2014, groups of followers from South Africa visited Joshua’s church in Lagos. The trip ended tragically when 84 South Africans were killed after a six-storey guesthouse connected to the televangelist collapsed. A total of 116 people died.

The inquest verdict attributed the disaster to structural failures and found the building did not have planning approval from the authorities.

US Mission Issues Statement On Twitter Ban, Read What She Said

The United State Diplomatic Mission in Nigeria on Saturday issued a statement concerning the Twitter ban. This came on the heels when the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced the suspension in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday, citing the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.

However, the US government opined through the Mission’s statement that the ban is undermining Nigerians ability to exercise their fundamental human right.

The excerpt;

Nigeria’s constitution provides for freedom of expression. The Government’s recent #Twitterban undermines Nigerians’ ability to exercise this fundamental freedom and sends a poor message to its citizens, investors and businesses.

Banning social media and curbing every citizen’s ability to seek, receive, and impart information undermines fundamental freedoms. As President Biden has stated, our need for individual expression, open public conversation, and accountability has never been greater. The path to a more secure Nigeria lies in more, not less communication, alongside concerted efforts toward unity, peace, and prosperity

Kumuyi Frowns At The Agitations Of The Oduduwa And Biafran Supporters

The General Overseer of the Deeper Life Christian Church, William Florunsho Kumuyi has reacted to the agitations of the Oduduwa and Biafran supporters. following the activities of Sunday Igboho who calls for the separation of Yoruba people and Nnamdi Kanu who has spoken up for the Biafrans.

While being interviewed by news sources, Kumuyi shunned Nigerians for calling for the break-up of the country, he said that the movement is a way of stopping and hindering God from solving our numerous problems. He added that people who are interested in these movements should remember that God can still do something miraculous in the country. Read his speech below:

If we are thinking of separating the East, West or North, we shouldn’t expect the solution God wants to give us but when we have hope that even if we have gone through some deep waters, our God still has the possibility to make things change. I believe that we will fly again”.

It is true that the major challenges are insecurity, Corruption and Marginalization. This is why the military and the government need to act fast, we pray for God’s perfect will on this to Manifested and soon.

What are your thoughts on this?

Do you think Pastor Kumuyi’s statements are accepted?

US President Joe Biden Signs Executive Order To Favour Nigerians


This news platform understands that the US president signed the order which states that interested citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria who measure in some special profession are eligible for American E-Work Visa, and Residence Permit.

In a statement signed by the Director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Service on March 31, 2021, conveyed the order to the Nigerian Mission in the United States by the US Department of Immigration.
The terms of the executive order allow 25000 citizens of Nigeria between the age of 25 to 55 and whose expertise are among the following:

  1. Health workers
  2. Business Administration
  3. Lecturers
  4. Civil Servants
  5. Marine workers
  6. Engineers
  7. Accountants
  8. Special Skill Workers

Anti-gay Law: Open Letter To Joe Biden From An Nigerian Who Is Not In Support Law

I have to really write this letter angrily because of how disappointed I am by your threats on Nigeria because we don’t support homosexuality. I know that everyone has the right to choose what they want, and it doesn’t always have to be in line with what the majority go with. However, it is important to make choices that wouldn’t affect others. Now it seems some of the support given to you Joe Biden, by some people were based on some reasons, but some of them were not aware that you are fully in support of the LGBTQI community.

I have to say this because I know that a very large percent of Nigerians are against homosexuality. However, it seems most people who supported you didn’t really take this serious. Now it appears that after you got a lot of support from Nigerians, you still went ahead to threaten financial and visa sanctions against Nigeria.

This is basically because Nigeria is strongly against these practices, and the act is also punishable by law here in Nigeria. I am sure that a very large percentage of those who also supported you are strongly against homosexuality. I also know that the homosexuality issue was one of the first issues you attended to immediately you assumed office.

This obviously hurt some of your supporters here in Nigeria and America. This means that it may soon become difficult for Nigerians to fly to the US if we do not fully embrace homosexuality. Incase you don’t know, it would be very difficult for Nigeria to accept such practice because of how religious we are. This country is made up of a lot of christian and muslims, and both religions do not support homosexuality.

This even made me wonder why some people supported you when they were fully aware about your stand on homosexuality. Donald Trump had his flaws while he was also in power, and his strict rules seemed to have affected Nigeria in some ways. However, what you are trying to do is obviously going to negatively affect Nigeria in a serious way if this issue is taken up seriously against us.

I sincerely hope that the sanctions shouldn’t take effect, and we here in Nigeria should be left to continue living and abiding by our laws. I feel the practices we choose to practice here in Nigeria is our choice, and it has kept this country running for a long time. I have said this before, it would be very difficult for a country like Nigeria to accept homosexuality because of how religious we are.

He Is Your Son, But I Am Not Going For Any DNA Test. Wife Tells Husband(video)

 A woman stunned her husband in front of a human rights mediator when she insisted that her husband is the father of her son but vows never to go for DNA.

Her husband had dragged her to a human rights claiming that he wants to know if he is truly the father of the now 7-year-old boy.

But despite insisting that the man is the father of the child, she told the human right mediator and the husband that she is not going for DNA test.

Watch the video.

Could she be telling the truth or she has something she is hiding.

Sakawa boys fight Kasoa women for killing snake that slithered from Benz car to vomit money (video)

Some two young men believed to be money ritualists known locally as Sakawa boys became angry with some women of Kasoa in the Central region of Ghana for killing a snake that had slithered from their Benz car to allegedly vomit money.

According to a report by Accra-based Adom FM, the unhappy ritualists fought female hawkers at Kasoa toll booth after they killed the said snake used for a ritual.

The report said that the said Sakawa boys packed a brand-new White Benz car at the toll booth but nobody knew what they were up to.

Then, suddenly, to the surprise of witnesses, a very huge snake came out of the car.

While some bystanders got frightened and tried to take cover, others were courageous enough to kill the reptile.

No sooner had the snake been killed than two boys descended from the Benz car fuming at them for killing their ‘Automated Teller Machine (ATM)’.

According to some witnesses who spoke to Adom FM, the snake appeared as though it was about to vomit money when it came out of the car.

Watch Video Below 👇

Money ritual is a fetish practice that which African youth resort to in a bid to get rich quick without toiling like everyone else.

The practice is common in Ghana and Nigeria as well as other countries on the continent, and it is on the increase because poverty and joblessness coupled with greed and laziness of some young people make them see money ritual as the easiest option.

Although some of them become miserable not long after temporary affluence and others die due to the inability to meet the conditions of their spiritual masters, money ritual remains attractive to some young people.

In other news, a Nigerian kidnap kingpin paid a ransom to secure his freedom from fellow kidnappers of another gang who kidnapped him.

The criminal but hilarious incident underscores the saying that what goes around comes around.

According to reports, Mohammed Ahmadu was forced to pay the ransom of N1.5 million after he found himself in the position of a victim and had a feel of what he and his gang members have been subjecting innocent people to.

Police Force spokesperson, Frank Mba, said during a media parade of suspects on Monday, January 11, 2021, that investigations revealed that Mohammed Ahmadu, a.k.a Confirm was the leader of a notorious kidnapping group in the northcentral region of the country.

He fell victim to another kidnap gang when he visited the gang’s hideout in the forest to sell live ammunition.

The 30-year-old was held captive and shot in the hand until his gang members paid the ransom of N1,555,000 for his freedom,

Police arrested and paraded one Abubakar Umaru, a.k.a Buba Bargu who was allegedly the armourer of the gang that kidnapped their colleague kidnapper Ahmadu.

Nigeria confirms plans to sell govt properties to fund 2021 budget

Apart from its plan to engage in domestic and foreign borrowings to fund the 2021 budget, the federal government has confirmed that it will also sell some government-owned properties for the same purpose.

The government also said it will sell some non-oil assets to serve as additional source of finance for the year’s budget.

This is contained in a Tuesday presentation made in Abuja by the finance minister, Zainab Ahmed, to stakeholders about the signed 2021 budget. We obtained a copy of the presentation.

The presentation, titled, ‘Public Presentation of 2021 FGN Approved Budget – Breakdown and Highlights’ was dated January 12.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on December 31, 2020, signed the N13.58 trillion budget for the 2021 fiscal year – about N505 billion higher than the budget proposed in October, 2020.

President Muhammadu Buhari signing The Nigeria Police Bill, 2020 [PHOTO: Presidency]
President Muhammadu Buhari [PHOTO: Presidency]

In the approved budget, about N496.5 billion was approved for statutory transfers and N3.3 trillion was approved for debt services.

The recurrent expenditure was put at N5.6 trillion with capital expenditure at N4.1 trillion and fiscal deficit at N5.2 trillion (5,196,007,992,292).

Already, many have condemned the federal government’s consistent resolve to borrow to fund budgets annually. For this year, the government is to borrow N5.6 trillion from domestic and foreign resources. The amount being the total deficit for the 2021 budget.

This represents 3.93 per cent of the GDP.

This paper had reported how the deficit will be financed, according to the ministry of finance.

Both the president and Ms Zainab had said Nigeria will borrow money from the World Bank, the Islamic Development Bank and countries like Brazil to fund the budget.

Besides borrowings…

According to the document, another means by which the government intends to fund the budget is by selling and concessioning government-owned properties and non-oil assets.

“Sales of government property” and “non-oil asset sales” were listed under the “additional financing” section of the document. This section shows an overview of how the deficit will be financed.

Although the document did not state the companies that have been put up for sale, neither did it state the expected revenue from the sales, this confirms earlier speculations of the government’s plan to sell off some properties.

In November 2020, the Senate committee on privatisation said it was not aware of the government’s plan to sell or concession some national properties through the Bureau of Public Enterprise (BPE). This was during the agency’s 2021 budget defence session.

Documents presented to the committee showed plans by the federal government to sell the Integrated Power Plants in Geregu, Omotosho, and Calabar at N434 billion in 2021.

Also in the document were plans to concession the National Arts Theatre, Tafawa Balewa Square, and all the River Basin Development Authorities at N836 million while the National Stadium in Lagos, the Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja, and two others were pegged for concessioning at N100 million.

The chairman of the committee, Theodore Orji, had said the panel was not aware of the planned transactions. He also complained that the Director General of BPE, Alex Okoh, “refused to carry members of the panel along”.

However, when contacted, the Clerk of the panel, Sadia Abdullahi, told PREMIUM TIMES Wedneaday that the “matter had been resolved.”

She said Mr Okoh appeared again before the panel to submit the necessary documents containing the list of national properties that are up for sale or concessioning as well as their prices. She also said both the committee, the BPE and the federal government are now all on the same page.

Additional financing

Besides selling off national assets, the federal government also intends to finance the year’s budget through “Borrowing from Special Accounts.”

Although no amount was stated for this purpose, many believe it is the government’s plan to borrow money from dormant accounts, as announced earlier.

Ms Ahmed had disclosed that the government is targeting about N850 billion from unclaimed dividends and dormant bank deposits.

The government will also finance the budget through proceeds from privatisation of some public assets which has been put at N205.1 billion.

Other means are Multilateral/Bi-lateral Project-tied Loans pegged at N709.68 billion and ‘New Borrowings’ of N4.7 trillion (N4,686,775,885,696) which includes borrowing from domestic sources of N2.34 trillion and from foreign sources of N2.34 trillion)

The government also hopes to finance the budget from its share of oil revenue- N2.01 trillion, NLNG Dividend – N208.5 billion, Minerals and Mining N2.65 billion and non-oil at N1.48 trillion.

Others are Company Income Tax (CIT) – N681.7 billion, Valued Added Tax (VAT)-N238.4 billion, Customs – N508.2 billion and Federation Account levies at N60.5 billion.

Source : pulse.ng