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FG reintroduces toll plazas, after two decades of abolishment

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FG reintroduces toll plazas, after two decades of abolishment

AISHA ADESHINA

The introduction of toll collection on some selected dual carriageways across the country has been approved by the federal executive council.

The toll collection was dismantled two decades ago during the Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration in 2003.

Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, made this known while briefing state house correspondents, at the end of the weekly meeting of the federal executive council, presided over by Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Wednesday.

The Minister explained that, His Ministry presented a memo which the council approved to reintroduce tollgates on dual carriageways of the 35,000km federal roads.

These roads, he furthered, amounted to only 14.3 per cent of the entire 35,000km stretch of federal roads that were dual carriageways and would be eligible for tolling with vehicles paying between N200 and N500 toll per trip, depending on their brand while diplomatic, military, para-military as well as tricycles and motorcycles would be exempted.

The Minister said with the FEC approving the reintroduction of toll plazas on selected roads, it was now working modalities to determine how soon the tolling system would take off.

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