The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday approved the reintroduction of toll collections on some selected dual carriageways across the country.
Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration removed all toll collection points on federal roads across the country in 2003.
Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, disclosed these 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.
Fashola said his ministry presented a memo which the council approved to reintroduce tollgates on dual carriageways of the 35,000km federal roads. That is, 5,050km out of 35,000km. The new toll regime excludes diplomatic, military, para-military vehicles, tricycles, motorcycles from the scheme.
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.
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 did not give a timeframe for the commencement of the toll system. Fashola stated that the ministry was working modalities to determine when 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 noted that the toll collected would not only be used to maintain the roads but would also be used to construct new ones. According to the Minister, the toll system would be electronically driven for transparency and accountability.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.