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lekki-epe-tollMinister of Power, Works and Housing Babatunde Raji Fashola has confirmed that Nigeria is set to re-introduce tolls on Federal highways linking states.

During his media conference yesterday,

“Maintenance would be our watchword. We are setting up a robust maintenance regime to keep our highways in good shape.

This shows that tolling is necessary to support government funding. So, it will not be too much if we ask every road user to pay little to augment government funding for road maintenance.

It is eminent commonsense for us to find that money. We will use technology; so if we don’t pay cash, you will pay by tokens or tickets and the money is accountable and it will go to the right place.

We will manage that fund properly and we will hold those who we put there to account.”

So BellaNaijarians, what do you think about Fashola’s plans?

22 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    December 9, 2015 at 8:27 am

    Let me get this; so the roads are terrible and Nigerians have been using them. Now finally someone wants to fix them but will charge us for using the roads? Do we have any rights to any amenities at all? No power, so we buy generators, no water so we drill boreholes, we pay for health care and all, but the one thing they can give us they want to charge us for. Ok.

    • Ifeanyi

      December 9, 2015 at 9:06 am

      Before you go ranting…check the practice worldwide and the logic for it.
      I don’t think it is that complicated…you should be able to get it…

      Let me tell you a story…Europe is one Big state! With same currency…same immigration legislation e.t.c I once drove from Netherlands to Paris…and guess what? We were charged three times on toll fees…

      If fashola says the toll would be small…how much different is it if each motorist pay N5…the money would be used to Augment Government funding…what the heck? Check the price of crude oil before you say Government has money…or ask if you were receiving N150,000 last year as salary and now receiving N30,000…that is when reality hits you…

      Sorry, I think i digressed…My 2 kobo!

    • Beeeee

      December 9, 2015 at 10:32 am

      I agree with anonymous and I think it is wrong that you call it ranting. You are entitled to your opinion obviously but in this case, i agree with him/her. Yes tollgates are used all over the world. Yes tollgates can help bring extra income. But people in Europe, USA and everywhere else have the basics. We don’t. We have to supply our own light, drill our own boreholes, provide our own security, build our own houses, some people go as far as contributing whatever small money they have to fix their own streets so that their cars would stop going bad. People are losing jobs everyday. When there is fuel scarcity, you are not only worrying about fuel for your car, you are also worrying about fuel for your generator…etc. I could go on and on. I don’t think tolls are the answer right now. It’s a great idea, but not right now. Provide the basics for the common man first, instead of adding to his/her burden, my 1 kobo.

    • NJB

      December 9, 2015 at 12:34 pm

      what did they do with the excess funds when crude oil was high?? Even if oil is sold at $20/barrel there is still profit from it so that is a rubbish excuse.
      PS: I work in the oil and gas industry so I know what I am saying.

    • ifeanyi

      December 9, 2015 at 2:33 pm

      @NJB
      “…It costs something like $30 to extract a barrel of crude oil in Nigeria. So when oil was trading at $110 Nigeria had a margin of around $80 to play with. But when oil drops to $45 as it has now, that $80 margin turns to $15 as the cost of getting the oil out of the ground still has to be incurred.
      To put the above numbers another way — while oil prices have dropped by 60%, the revenues available to Nigeria have dropped by 81%. That is, revenues have dropped much more than oil prices have dropped. Nigeria is earning almost nothing these days and you can imagine how disastrous it will be if oil prices drop further to $40 or even less…”

    • Damilola

      December 9, 2015 at 8:30 pm

      You shouldn’t technically be charged for free amenities. However, the money has to come from somewhere. As much as the government is responsible, we the people are also responisible. For example, America that seems free is not free. Taxes, toll fee, plays a major role in keeping the country going. I agree with it.

  2. me

    December 9, 2015 at 9:35 am

    Europe… not Nigeria I don’t agree with the toll, we have tried it and it didn’t change anything, consider the northerners and easterners who travel across several states. Secondly, the road network is not large enough hence loads of traffic, thirdly most of those roads for over 8 years has been repaired without Toll. And finally, how are Nigerians benefiting from the Oil their land produces??

    Dubai pays every citizen… what do we get? Why are we quoting what Europe is doing? Are we Europeans? for those who visit Marina market ad pay N300 for parking space, how market? The parking lot is still as bad as it has always been,

    Fashola do us all a favour and give for once, we are already providing so much for ourselves. The money you intend borrowing to build the toll should be channeled to building the highest standard roads….. else I forget, toll should also be a way to limit usage of road, so before you build the toll, give us comfortable trains across board.

    • kay

      December 9, 2015 at 4:42 pm

      Oke arin isn’t a joke oh. You pay to get your van in there, yet the roads are very terrible. You pay council every month, you can’t skip it if you have a shop, else they’ll lock it up. See, that place is still messed up and rough. How did they use the money we paid? Sadly, the Fashola’s former office isn’t far from there. Shame

  3. UGO

    December 9, 2015 at 9:50 am

    It surprises me that they removed it in the first place. Everywhere country I have been to operates some form of tolling. I just hope this works out well.

  4. Nuna

    December 9, 2015 at 10:09 am

    Which roads are you people tolling? The useless roads where lives are lost on a daily? What happened to all the trillions allocated to the maintenance of these roads? You are coming to collect the small one we have remaining after fueling our gen and providing amenities for ourselves. Smh
    Fr you up there shouting Europe? Have you checked the state of the roads? At least they get what they pay for- fantastic road network. What do you get in Nigeria even with all the oil money?
    Please miss me with this nonsense. No toll!

  5. Freckle

    December 9, 2015 at 10:28 am

    The UAE has the best road network in the world and they joined the world of toll charges for roads in 2007. Unlike many western nations, the UAE’s toll roads aren’t about revenue, they’re an attempt to reduce congestion on major highways.
    If the Nigerian government decides to make our roads better, but with tolls, it is a good development, Nigeria belongs to us.

    • nene+

      December 9, 2015 at 11:40 am

      It’s easy for freckle to say cos he leaves in Lagos, born and bred in Lagos. Goes to Ibadan or Ijebu once in a blue moon!
      Consider people who leave in Aba and works in PH, leave in Asaba and works in Onitsha, leave in Mowe and works in Lagos!

      Mr super minister should concentrate on electricity and supply all household with meter so that all building pay for what they use but instead he runs to collect tolls for roads already built by PDP OBJ, GEJ and Yaradu. Build Niger bridge not the existing one and collect toll not refurbish an existing road and ask us to pay!
      So a commuter from Calabar pays how much to get to kano? Is he going to reduce cost of fuel so cost will be reduced? Fashola is milking Lekki environ now he wants to spread it to already traumatised Nigerians who don’t have salaries?
      People calling Europe and America, these people don’t pay school fees for children until college most times. Do we have free school here?
      Nigerians abeg receive the change you struggled for jare no pity!!!

      Trust me the drivers and bus owners will charge extra 500 for existing prices and cost of food will skyrocket.

      Fashola the milker/ strainer of the citizens of Nigeria.

    • nene+

      December 9, 2015 at 2:27 pm

      *live in Aba etc*

  6. guest

    December 9, 2015 at 11:24 am

    @Ifeanyi, You said you drove from Netherlands to Paris, mind you, you transited from one country to another, so you paying for a toll is justifiable. Also, point of correction, Europe is no Big State. Its a continent, whereby the individual states agreed on a common currency in other promote trade and commerce. However, introducing inter-state toll fare in Nigeria is not the answer. It was introduced in the early 90’s but it yielded no results. More so, am been taxed every month for the same purpose of providing good roads, power, health care etc. But i still buy fuel for my generator, still pay bill my hospital bills, still exposed to the risk of an accident due to bad roads and so on. The Bottom line is that this present administration lacks vision.

  7. Las

    December 9, 2015 at 11:34 am

    To be fair, I think the only people who can really comment on the issue of tolls on Nigerian roads are actual road users in Nigeria, meaning those who live there. Where I live there are tolls and I pay them.

    Having said that, the government really needs to carry people along on this. A lot of Nigerians do not trust the Government when it comes to issues surrounding money or any other issue for that matter, so the onus is really on the Government to change perceptions.

    Just my opinion.

  8. mrs chidukane

    December 9, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    If it will be used for the purpose and the amount is reasonable, I don’t see anything wrong with it.

  9. Yemi

    December 9, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    But if you have better roads and your are no longer spending 2 hrs on a 45 mins rd, won’t you just rather pay toll, if things will actually work. I used to live in a settlement along lagos ibadn express and I used to think about how much we pay daily cos of bad roads and yet it is stressful and expensive. I thought if you asked these people to contribute, they will shout but they are already paying for the bad road, why not pay if it will keep a good rd functional, the users will gain on the run.

  10. Frida

    December 9, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    Fashola has come again!

    His handiwork- the Lekki-Epe expressway which lagosians pay to drive on is being constructed very poorly. The roads are eroding….not well maintained…the edges are eroding….the roundabouts are too large…no streetlights.

    Please either you give Julius berger the contract to construct these roads (for emphasis compare the bode Thomas/Eric Moore road done by julius berger with the lekki/Epe road done by lcc) or you forget about toll gates!

    It’s time Nigerians get what they pay for!

  11. MyViews

    December 9, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    Fashola Lovers hate it when you begin to deconstruct the man Fashola and his legacy. Be that as it may, I am a die-hard free speech advocate and entitled to my views. Fashola lives in Surulere and his family house is also in Surulere. He did so much in terms of development both in Surulere and on the Island. He worked on some few intercity roads, but he treated low income areas with disdain – Ajegunle, Ijora Badiya, Ikotun Egbe, some names I can’t pronounce. His laws were draconian and his taxes were so exorbitant. Fashola wanted a city for the rich and famous. A city so expensive that you will prefer to pack your belonging s and vamoose kia kia. That was the plan.

  12. okechukwu ofili

    December 9, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    Its a brilliant idea.

  13. nnenne

    December 10, 2015 at 12:10 am

    @ of ofili speaks…
    A brilliant idea if it will be collected and utilized well. If we have the systems to do that.
    Otherwise, We’ll end Up enriching Toll Collectors and their Bosses in the Office.

  14. Jamce

    December 10, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    Fashola! Fashola!! Fashola!!! Be careful o. The Asiwaju tolling strategy at work. Tolling can never work in Nigeria. It is merely an avenue for APC stalwarts to generate mega money. During the first regime of tolls on Nigerian roads, the roads were never maintained and the money was always stolen between the toll managers and the government officials.

    In order to justify fuel price increase (aka subsidy removal) OBJ ordered the dismantling of the tolls which was good riddance to bad rubbish. They were a source of self enrichment and traffic congestion on the highways. The same thing is happening now on the Lekki Toll gates where Hitech and LCC “cleaned out” big time. And handed over to the “main sponsor and owner of the toll gates”.

    The best solution is complete removal of petroleum subsidies. Let the sums being used to subsidise petroleum products be dedicated to road maintenance and other infrastructure development. Rather than pay to government, let us pay directly to the petrol dealers and let government keep the subsidy budget for road maintenance.

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