FG To Bring Back Toll Gates On Federal Roads


The Federal Government is set to bring back toll gates on Nigerian roads years after they were pulled down.

The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola gave the hint at an interaction with correspondents at the State House after the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja.

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At the FEC meeting which was chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari, the minister argued that there is no reason why the nation cannot toll.

Fashola stated that no law prohibits tolling in Nigeria today even though it was a policy of the government to abolish tolls.

Senate Recommends Return Of Toll Gates

senateThe Senate has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately reverse the toll gate policy by ensuring that every federal road has a toll gate.

The Obasanjo administration had scrapped toll gates across the country.

However, the Senate‎ adopted the recommendation on the reversal of the toll gate policy contained in the report of the Ad-hoc Committee on Works, which investigated the total collapse of federal roads in Nigeria.

The Senate also mandated its Committee on Works to meet with the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission to look for new methods of funding federal road projects.

In his presentation, the Chairman of the Committee, Senator Barnabas Gemade, recommended the rebuilding and constant maintenance of existing road infrastructure as well as introduction of weigh bridges to protect roads.