FG to Reintroduce Toll Gates On Federal Roads, as Vehicles Pay between N200 and N500

The Federal Government has announced plans to return toll gates on federal highways across the country. It could be recalled that former President Olusegun Obasanjo had in 2004 scrapped toll gates across Nigeria.

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, unveiled the plan to reintroduce toll gates while briefing State House Correspondents after the cabinet meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari, saying the design of the toll plazas had been concluded.

“Let me just clarify this impression about toll gates. There is no reason why we cannot toll, there is no reason. There was a policy of government to abolish tolls or as it were, dismantle toll plazas but there is no law that prohibits tolling in Nigeria today.

“We are also now faced with the need to acquire more land to establish the width of the toll plazas because I believe we are looking at 10-lane plazas so that there can be more outlets. So, we need to acquire more land, that is the work that is currently being done now.

“But let me also say that the expectation that collection of tolls will then produce the replacement cost of the road is perhaps not accurate because the traffic toll count that we have done on major highways does not suggest that there is enough vehicular traffic across all roads.

Meanwhile, Vehicles are to pay between N200 and N500

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