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I Will Demolish Lekki/Epe Toll Gates if Elected – Jimi Agbaje

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Jimi AgbajePeople’s Democratic Party (PDP) Lagos State governorship candidate, Jimi Agbaje, has vowed to demolish the Lekki/Epe toll gates if elected.

Agbaje revealed this plan during a peaceful protest, tagged March for freedom, organised by Freedom Group in Lekki, Vanguard reports.

He stated that he would pull down the gates because of what he described as the lack of transparency and sustainability of arrangements for the project. Agbaje also gave his perspective on BRT and light rail projects, stating that they are collapsing.

“I am here to show solidarity with you on the issue of the toll plaza for which you are marching today and assure you that when we get into office, these toll gates will come down; I will demolish all of them.

The public/private partnership, PPP, arrangement behind this project is not transparent. Look at the BRT and Lagos light rail projects, they are collapsing because the PPP arrangements they have on ground are not sustainable.

The light rail which was supposed to have been ready since 2012, is grounded and this is because of vested interests of a few people. The PPP arrangements are skewed to favour only a few people, so for me, I am in solidarity with you and a vote for us is a vote for freedom, a vote to bring down the toll plazas,” he said.

38 Comments

  1. mary

    February 12, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    Hmmmmmm, can he really do that?

  2. coke

    February 12, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    Are we supposed to clap for you or something? who then is going to pay back the loans used in constructing them toll gates?

    • Anon

      February 12, 2015 at 7:18 pm

      They have finished paying the loan a lonnggggg as time ago. #fact

    • Bullet

      February 12, 2015 at 7:30 pm

      So who is paying for the road maintenance, who is paying the bills of those attendants,who is paying for the work going on at the ajah-abraham adesanya area?

  3. June

    February 12, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    Why demolish and destroy when one can access the situation and propose working solutions.

  4. VeryAngryNigerian

    February 12, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    What a destructive goon. So if he pulls down the tolls , how are the roads going to be maintained
    ? So if the present programs are not working, na to destroy am and start another elephant project that would not complete in 15yrs? Who is this thug?
    Lagos has come too far for some irresponsible idiot to just come and destroy everything…hian. If Lagos can fare that much with bad leadership and corruption, imagine where it can be if there’s at least this much consistency for 10yrs?…kmt, people just be messing with my nerves today shaa…..

    • Ross

      February 15, 2015 at 9:12 am

      Thank goodness we know his intentions. At least I now know I’m NOT voting for Jimi Agbaje. When you tear down these billion naira projects, what do you leave in their wake? Ugliness? You want to drag Lagos back into the days where incomplete projects were everywhere? What about the ongoing projects these tool fees are funding? Fasholas Lagos is an educated Lagos. Let no one think they can take us backwards. Foolish man. And I used to like him. Mschewwww

  5. Ayodele A. Ojo

    February 12, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    Jimi Agbaje seems to have a few pro-people ideas, the question however is if he has what it takes to move Lagos State forward. Well the people of the state will soon decide.

    After 16 years of what is now APC in Lagos state, change might actual work in favour of the state, fresh ideas, motivation, desire and innovative capacity to deliver.

    Let the people decide…

    Ayodele A. Ojo
    0817 424 9421

    • Bullet

      February 12, 2015 at 5:55 pm

      So your fresh ideas is firstly to destroy what was built with billions of naira and send almost 100 people out of work?

    • Iris

      February 12, 2015 at 6:42 pm

      Not this kind of change please. Promises without logical strategy. Typical PDP. I do not lean towards either party in general, but Fashola has done well compared to other governors and this kind of talk just sounds too much like Aso Rock for my liking.

    • Duru John de Beloved

      February 13, 2015 at 8:24 am

      Nawa oH! bros you dey vex oH! This is the First Phone number comment I have seen on BellaNaija in all my years here.. Issorait.. The ministry is moving forward…

  6. Iris

    February 12, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    Why do these people talk like they don’t have brains? So there’s a lack of transparency? Give details and explain what needs to be done to improve transparency. Give figures so that we know that the expressway can still be sustainably maintained with lower or no toll fees so that we know who to hold accountable for potholes on the expressway. ‘I will give free education,.. I will improve health care…I will resurrect your dead father.’ Is it by magic?

  7. i no send

    February 12, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    noted..but not convinced that is all that
    is needed in lagos..lets hear more

  8. ConfusedNigerian

    February 12, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    While I don’t support the way he uttered his words (not even voting)…. I would appreciate if they could reduce the fees or non at all….. For those asking who would fix the roads…. I am quite confused here help me out please, WHY then do we pay tax? its not like they tarred the whole lekki just the expressway …so what is the tax paid used for?

    Also we have been paying toll fee for the International airport way yet the airport and its environs are in an absolute state so what then is the money used for?…

    I would also like to know who the hell introduced the idea of a bus pick up at the arrival terminal

    • VeryAngryNigerian

      February 12, 2015 at 6:37 pm

      Your taxes can stretch enough to maintain toll roads?….u sure about that ? Do you think with the rate at which the state has been destroyed, your IGR by the way of taxes is able to fix common public access roads on the mainland? We haven’t even touched on healthcare, education, agriculture…etc So many sectors still lacking and you want taxes made by common man on mainland who is isn’t benefiting directly from the tolls to be channeled towards that?

      Besides toll fees are a form of taxes, they are collected to pay for construction and maintenance, same thing taxation would do. Then, you have alternate routes, no one is forcing you on the tolls. We complain about the government all the time, yet we want freebies. Toll is just another option, even in advanced worlds, you are paying for the luxury of time and hassle-free travel. If you want to enjoy a service you pay for it one a way or the other. Same way some pay for first class ticket instead of economy on a flight.
      Where do you pay international toll fee for MMA, where are the toll gates on that airport road?….do they slap it on your ticket fee? so if you are not traveling and you are plying the route, how do you pay for the tolls?

    • bey

      February 13, 2015 at 8:51 am

      Errrrrr……LASG has got nothing to do with the toll and bus pick-up at the airport. You can like to direct that question to the FG. Thank you.

  9. Bullet

    February 12, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    I personally do not support the removal of the tollgate on lekki-epe axis. I`m also more surprised that majority of those clamouring for the removal do not live on the island,they live on the mainland and has never gone as far as Ajah. Tollgate is not only in Nigeria.
    This project was kicked off and is being maintained through public-private partnership. And I believe asides the public-private investors returns, the state government gets some sort of revenue from this project.
    The project is still ongoing from the ajah axis and the rate at which people move to this part of Lagos daily cannot be quantified. I earlier on leave home 6am for work now I have to leave few minutes before 5am just to beat the traffic.
    So, if you say you will remove this tollgate,who will finance and complete the dualization from ajah to epe? Are we going to wait on FG again to come and complete it? If not for the introduction of PPP,this area would still be largely underdeveloped. More so there are alternate routes if you don’t want to pay toll fees.
    Right now you can’t find any pot hole on that road from lekki to ajah(anytime there’s a pothole,it will be taken care of within a week). If your car breaks down on that road from lekki to chevron area,this same LCC will tow it off the road for you free within 30mins,infact as soon as they notice your car,they will be on standby with you till its towed off.
    Now each tollgate has about 14 to 16 slots with 2 cashiers each daily (2 shifts daily),making 28 to32 attendants per tollgate. What will happen to these people,will you take these jobs away from them?Most of them are married, what will happen to their livelihood.
    Armed robbery on this lekki-epe axis is nothing compared to the spate of robbery on the mainland and this might be because this axis is more like one way in and out.Any major armed robber will either take lekki as exit or go all the way down to Epe or use the waterways. Left to me this toll gates indirectly stems the rise of robbery on the island as it slimmed the getaway chances of robbers.
    I believe someone doesn’t truly understand what is going on and is playing on the ignorance of some set of people to gain cheap popularity.

    • Aibee

      February 12, 2015 at 6:11 pm

      Thank you so much. I see you put some thought into this issue. Too many times, politicians campaign and promise to scrap all previous policies of the previous government. Totally unnecessary, Does a lack of transparency mean the whole project should be scrapped? Transparency to who? LCC is an incorporated entity and their annual returns/audited accounts should be filed with the CAC. Has anyone gone to CAC to investigate anything? The Freedom of Information Act enables you to request for information from government authorities. Has anyone requested for the documentation relating to this project from the Lagos State Ministries of Transportation, Finance, Housing, Environment etc? No! We sit behind our computers and complain of transparency as if the documents will magically appear in your front.

    • heyhey

      February 12, 2015 at 6:11 pm

      thank you for your comment. the only way i will support the removal is if he can show me how the road will be completed and maintained without the toll fee. if its going to be reduced fine but please ensure that you show us how it would be completed and maintained with the new price. we havent gotten this far to go back to hardship

    • ms.b

      February 13, 2015 at 1:24 am

      How do u know ppl clamoring for it don’t Liv in lekki? There was even a protest by lekki residents when it started. Smh

  10. lala

    February 12, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    He sounds as stupid as his comment. Should lekki/ikoyi toll gate destruction be a priority in Lagos State? Who destroys a construction? Mr genius is also going to add to the unemployment in Lagos by laying off the ppl working at that toll gate. What an moron. He will loose that election.

  11. Bola

    February 12, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    This man obviously knows nothing about governance, being a nice man is not enough to govern a State especially a State like Lagos and his lack of experience shows through every time he makes ridiculous promises. First he says he will give Lagosains free internet! Seriously , does he think we are morons? Nothing is free, if Lagosains are not paying for it that means the government is. Out of all the things that still needs to be done for the masses is free internet the best use of State funds! Not to forget that there are still a lot of roads to be developed in the mainland, if the government bears the cost of paying the toll that will be at the expense of other projects. It’s unfair to give such a road to the middle class at the expense of the poor , there is an alternative route for anyone who doesn’t want to pay toll and that is fine.

  12. NagosBigBoi

    February 12, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    I think the people have said everything that needs to be said about JK’s daft idea. One complaint I have heard is that the bypass roads are always flooded during the wet season. Can JK propose a way to improve drainage on those bypass roads and make them more motorable?
    We need “constructive government” not “destructive government”.

  13. Soraya

    February 12, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    This man has a mountain to climb as Lagos has never voted PDP………….

  14. sewa

    February 12, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    i am weak for nigerians…we are the same people complaining about this toll fee n evn went as far as protesting and now someone is here and is ready and willing to hear u out n help u n still u guys want to crusify him for that…enough with APC and tinubus bullshit of bringing in who ever he wants to rule lago as if lagos state is his fathers thhrone that he cld jst rule hw eva he likes n kip bringing who eva he wants to come rule…we are screaming we want change and when the change comes we all cnt face it…what exactly do we want in this country nthin cam eva be done to satisfy us..#JK is tha man for lagos state

  15. lakelizzy

    February 12, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    oh, Nigerian politics. wow! Pull down a toll gate?! What’s that going to solve? How’s that going to improve the lives of the citizens. do we have any REAL, sensible politicians in Nigeria?

  16. Tenuu

    February 12, 2015 at 11:50 pm

    If you stay in lekki then you will understand……let him take the toll gate DOWN!!! We are tired of paying money in TRAFFIC.

    • Bullet

      February 13, 2015 at 5:38 am

      Is that your only reason, paying money in traffic? Didn’t you see the tollgate there before you moved there?..You can as well move to other areas where there’s no TG.You can afford to live in lekki which costs a minimum. Of 1million Naira rent per year yet you find it difficult to pay common 240 Naira or 500 Naira at tollgate,why don’t you take alternative route. You can’t eat your cake n have it. It’s the same you people that will be cussing the government when they stop maintain that road with pot holes all over.Anyway am not surprised,most Nigerians are penny wise pounds foolish. Are you sure you really live in lekki?

    • oj

      February 13, 2015 at 9:09 am

      I live after ajah, where the rent is relatively affordable and for ur info so d a lot of people who do not and cannot afford to pay 1million for rent, and we all have to pay these fees (seriously u think all in lekki are rich?). mind you, people who live in villages in ibeju, eleko and epe also have to pay these fees and these are people who are struggling financially. so what u call common 240 or 500 naira per day is not ‘common’ to these people.

    • Sky

      February 13, 2015 at 9:32 am

      Frankly before you point towards people living in lekki as “well-to-do so they can afford the toll easily” your argument is invalid. The cost of living in lekki is already high with the land use charge demanded by the lagos state government for owning a house in the area. Thus a substantial amount is paid by Lekki residents to the government to live in the area. Secondly every citizen paying tax has the right to demand for the provision of basic amenities such as roads, water, and other state co-ordinated amenities. The fact that you stay in a perceived high class area does not mean you should be excluded from these necessities. Thirdly not everyone in lekki pays 1 million rent yearly. Lekki-Ajah is a large community with over 500, 000 residents and majority of these residents are middle class citizens who work on the island and have sought alternative solutions to sitting in 3rd mainland traffic daily. To say that people pay 1million naira yearly is a truly ignorant sentiment that reflects the perceptions of the economic gaps based on residence. This is one of the fundamental problems that has caused population explosion in lagos. Now Addressing the issue of the toll-gate, The jobs created by cannot be ignored and for any gubernatorial candidate to push for demolition of the toll-gate he must provide facts to back this sentiment. Also LCC has provided continuous service in the area and if this is as a result of the toll-gate then it is necessary for the state. However, why are these amenities not provided in other areas of the state? Jobs can be created when emergency services are provided state wise, reducing the monumental traffic we experience daily in lagos. furthermore, if these services are exclusively because the lekki residents pay for it, then what about the rest of the lagosians, will you encourage tolling in every area to ensure the provision of services that should be state wide. Now i live in Ajah, i do not pay 1m monthly, and i have to swim through water in the rainy season, wake up at 4.30 am to beat the traffic and face traffic daily due to the stadium size roundabouts along that route, which also generates additional revenue through advertising for the lcc. Therefore there is a downside to these toll-gates as in truth i spend a lot repairing my car as the government has not seen fit to deal with the flood issue in the state and still pay toll. if my car breaks down on the road its probably due to it swimming earlier and then i get free toll. Naa. thats not good enough. There is so much to say on this issue, but i I’m afraid this has turned into an essay already. However i still say there are pros and cons to this toll gate issue that must be addressed adequately.

  17. Fre

    February 13, 2015 at 8:52 am

    Yay, Jimi Agbaje ads up on BN!!!!
    However, at this point sir, you should speak more on what you will do, what you will improve, and not look for faults in what Fashola has done, to correct.
    People aren’t really anti-Fashola, so you wouldn’t want to come across that way.
    Be pro-change, pro-new ideas, but not anti-Fashola, even if you’re from different parties

  18. coke

    February 13, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    The much i know is that jimi is void of ideas, and taking down existing structures wont earn him more followers. Overtime i have argued that people around one cant necessarily influence ones actions and in actions but from the look of things yours his case is exceptional. For clarity please enlighten us on how you intend to get funds to offset the loans gotten to construct the tolls – is it through tax payers money, your personal funds or as a member of a corrupt stricken party you simply wont pay back the loan ?

  19. coke

    February 13, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    You don’t have to take the tolled route if its going to put holes in your pocket… there is something called CHOICE don’t blame anyone for the choices you make.

    • Sky

      February 17, 2015 at 9:54 am

      But if i choose not to pay taxes I’m a criminal right. What if i remove the toll money from my state taxes and pay lagos state the rest? after all i have a “choice” please sit down there. The choices we are faced with are as a result of poor governance. Saying we should pay or use the alternative route is setting double standards for the society. is it wrong to expect the government to provide basic amenities? Mind you, i pump my water, fuel my gen, fuel my car, yet i am faced with bad roads, light issues and the toll gate. if our taxes cannot provide solutions to our problems, and we pay for a road to provide one solution, will you choose to pay an additional besides your neap bill to have light? off course you would but tell me does it make it just?

  20. femifromsurulere

    February 13, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    I remember the other election where Koro also said he was going o disband LASTMA if he becomes Governor. A lo of thought has gone into most off he things putt up by the Lagos State Governor. hey have not been perfect but it points to some progress. Now the PDP at the centre do not have the capacity to think at that level. No fresh thought like the BRT, the light rail and some of the things LASG has pit in place. JImi is probably a nice guy, a good uncle in the neighborhood but running Lagos demands we keep moving forward. Demolishing what our perceived opponents have done is the stock in trade of people ruled by vendetta and not ideas. The worst thing that can happened to all that Fashola has done is to hand them over to JImi Agbaje, with the banking off ex co Bode George. that would be the disaster- not the toll gate!

  21. Peyton

    February 13, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    If your car breaks down they tow it for free really. Nigerians don’t want change. We have been so impoverished mentally that we think tye govt is doing us a favour. Iam sure you know that the second toll part of the road where toll fare was supposed to be collected by Chevron is on hold due to a pending law suit by Chevron if iam not mistaken. The same people who say oh let’s pay the toll fare are the same people who will occupy Nigeria for increase in fuel price. It is the reason we pay our taxes. If you are comming from the mail and into lekki your cab fare increase because of that toll gate. 100 is alot of money when you do the maths daily monthly and yearly and from the number of residents. Not forgetting that some people pay above 100 naira. The government’s sole responsibility is to provide amenities. And quite frankly the road has no porthole but can that be said for adjourning roads into streets leading into residential apartments. Or we still need to pay for this too? You need to ask commercial drivers coz they don’t get free toll for broken down vehicles they pay.

  22. adams abidemi

    March 8, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    sometime people bilieve that this hand is

  23. abiodun fetuga

    March 31, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    In as much as l do not support toll collection on epe highway. I want to suggest that the boots should not be demolished but toll collection should be stopped.

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