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Federal Government Announces Plans to Reintroduce Toll Gates on ALL Federal Roads



The Chairman of the Federal Road Maintenance Agency, Ezekiel Adeniji, has said that the Federal Government will soon reintroduce tollgates to federal roads across the country.

Tollgates were scrapped by former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo during his tenure. However, since his exit in 2007, there has been reports that the government was considering the return of tollgates to federal roads. This is likely especially as some states like Lagos have successfully introduced such on their roads.

The FERMA boss also said the agency would recruit 10,000 Nigerians from communities where it would be engaged in major road maintenance work before the end of the year.

In an interview with Economic Confidential, Adeniji did not give a specific date for the reintroduction of tollgates, but he said that tolling is for revenue generation and job creation.

“In developed countries, there is no place you go to that you don’t pay toll for the roads you use.

“If you are paying for water, electricity and communication, why can’t you pay for good roads? Tolling is universal. But the government that scrapped the tolling knows the reason why they scrapped it, and we also have reasons why we want to return it. It is as simple as that.

“Because when you toll, you get more revenue, you create more jobs and you have funds to maintain the roads.”

What do you think about his statement? Would it be wise to reintroduce tolling on all Federal roads in the country? Do you agree that reintroducing tolling on the roads would create more funds to maintain the roads?

Please share your thoughts.

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. ejogene

    August 6, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Confusion!!!! today they will re-introduce, tomorrow they will banned.

  2. ofilispeaks

    August 6, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Tollgates are fine as long as the roads are fixed and security in reinstated on the roads. Anything less than that is unacceptable!

  3. Tosin

    August 6, 2012 at 11:04 am


  4. adetoun

    August 6, 2012 at 11:13 am

    its not a bad idea ,i hope it works before we know another story would come up.

  5. Adefemi Adeleke

    August 6, 2012 at 11:23 am

    A simple question I just wanna ask is the relevance of tax with all other introduction of levies!

  6. adenike

    August 6, 2012 at 11:37 am

    When will Federal Government announce plans to FIX ALL FEDERAL ROADS? The way our leaders act sometimes, I doubt if they actually live in this country with us.

  7. Solex

    August 6, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Toll gate will aid security esp to travellers.

  8. Jay Roy

    August 6, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Things never work as they should in Nigeria. Ideally, tolling the roads should make more funds available for health and/or education but in this case the budgetary allocation for federal roads will become available for transfers to the bank accounts of the few incompetent thugs who are currently misruling Nigeria

  9. joy

    August 6, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    toll gates=fees……… our govt just provide us with social amenities and jobs abeg

  10. Princess of Zion

    August 6, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    If the improve upon the state of the roads in terms of security and maintenance, it should be fine! A good way to provide jobs but they need to ensure they have the logistics in place.

  11. Chattyzee

    August 6, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Toll gates are fine. But implementation is very crucial. Spending 45mins at a gate, simply so you can pay toll would just be ludicrous. Also, a very important question is where will the money go?

  12. Interesting

    August 6, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    All developed countries have electricity 24/7 why don’t you follow that example?

    • Nigerian

      August 6, 2012 at 8:02 pm

      Well said!

  13. tee

    August 6, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    “But the government that scrapped the tolling knows the reason why they scrapped it, and we also have reasons why we want to return it. It is as simple as that”. …………..smh such a daft comment!!!!! the people in government need to know how to give speech or give the right answers to simple questions……..even our dear presido too lacks this!!!!!!!

  14. Concerned Citizen

    August 6, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    “In developed countries, there is no place you go to that you don’t pay toll for the roads you use” Fix the roads first and make them motorable, let our road networks match the standard of those in developed countries before talking about tolls. Nigerian leaders – always putting the cart before the horse.

  15. Bee

    August 7, 2012 at 12:19 am

    Well said @Tee. The president and its carbinet hv a problem wit answering simple questions directly. OBJ scap the toll gate bcos money was never remitted to the govt.

  16. Say the truth

    August 7, 2012 at 2:46 am

    Are they also going to reintroduce roads? ‘Cause we don’t have them.

  17. Bee

    August 7, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Buh wull that change d price if garri to 10kobo a cup? What a confused govt. Somone shld ple whisper to his ear to channel that energy and resource to the insecurity probelms of BHs. Our problem no be Road for now na SECURITY.

  18. Cisbani

    August 7, 2012 at 11:40 am

    It is good to have two roads system. Government free roads and private speedway with toll

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