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Senate Moves to Re-Introduce Toll Gates on Federal Highways

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The Senate on Tuesday mandated its Committee on Works to carefully study the abolished toll gate policy with a view to producing a holistic package to generate funds for roads maintenance.

The resolution of the Senate followed a motion by Sen. Suleiman Nazif (APC-Bauchi) on the need for the re-introduction of toll gates on Federal Highways.

Former president Olusegun Obasanjo had, on December 30, 2003 disbanded toll gates across the country. The ban took effect on January 1 2004.

Obasanjo based his reason for scrapping the policy on claims that it had outlived its usefulness and that the scheme was placing additional financial burden on Nigerians.

In December 2015, the Senate passed a motion and called on President Muhammadu Buhari to reintroduce toll gates across the country in order to reduce the burden of the roads maintenance on government.

Nazif, while explaining the need to reintroduce the scheme, said‎ the purpose was to generate revenue which would aid effective and efficient maintenance of Federal Highways.

He said the deplorable state of roads across the country had become “a national shame and an unnecessary embarrassment’’.

The lawmaker noted that the re-establishment of toll gates would solve the problem of dilapidated roads.

“Besides revenue generation, the presence of toll gates, which are normally managed by armed security agencies, provide a level of safety for road users. The state of roads in Nigeria, which has remained poor for many years and is a great source of risk for travellers and transporters. Reports of daily road accidents in the media paint a terrible and pathetic picture of this ugly development,” he said.

Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided during plenary, also lauded the move.

He urged the committee to do a thorough job and report back as soon as possible to enable the lawmakers to take a decision on the issue.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.

7 Comments

  1. Justpassinthru

    October 25, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    In theory it is all good…but when will this mofos learn

  2. Sammie

    October 25, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    The root cause of the high frequency of road Maintenance in the country is due to the heavy haul of fuel trucks on our roads. Pushing the burden on the common man is unfair and insensitive, besides in the past; toll collection was highly ineffective, what is thebhuaranty that this would be any better?

    We need to have a standard weight limit of hauling heavy items on our roads. Trucks of a certain limit should be taxed heavily.

    We need to find alternate means of transporting our petroleum products probably secure all pipelines or have a dedicated rail infrastructure.

    • tunmi

      October 26, 2016 at 12:55 am

      I agree with taxing by weight.

    • EE

      October 26, 2016 at 2:31 am

      This right here, real common sense, unlike a certain guy that comes to mind.

  3. Sammie

    October 26, 2016 at 12:40 am

    Our leaders lack the sincerity of purpose towards making our country any better. They tend to ceremonise activities so as to appear busy.

  4. Iris

    October 26, 2016 at 6:17 am

    I’m just thinking of all the traffic this will cause on those bad and narrow roads. When armed robbers show up now the toll gate people will scatter and leave innocent people to die.
    Two years later they will form an anti-corruption committee to look into what happened to the money which will have suddenly disappeared

  5. Ruby

    October 26, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    Do they realize how much that will increase the cost of good and services? It will even lead to inflation.
    There are no toll gates and the cost of transportation is already high and affecting!
    Edakun, Please can someone tell me what our tax money is used for? I am so tired of this country. I used to have hope for a better Nigeria..but, it is obviously a unicorn.
    Tired much.

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