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Barely one week after the government-acquired Lekki Concession Company (LCC) was asked by Lagos State government to suspend theproposed tariff hike on Lekki-Epe Expressway and Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge, details have emerged.
Business Hilights had reported that LCC hiked the Admiralty Circle Plaza (Lekki-Epe expressway) tariff for saloon cars will be N200 from N120; sports utility vehicles will pay N250 from N150; while commercial buses will pay N150 from N80. Motorcycles will pay N100.
Also for the Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge, saloon cars will pay N300, from N250; sports utility vehicles, mini vans, and light trucks N400, from N300. Motorcycles will pay N200.
But in a terse statement by the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, averred that the decision to put “on hold” was due to observed poor consultations with relevant stakeholders.
The statement read in parts: “While government recognises the need for periodic review of tariffs and any other levies appertaining to road infrastructure maintenance in the state, the public and critical stakeholders as the ultimate beneficiaries of such facilities must always be carried along at all times”.
“Therefore, the proposed tariff hike cannot be effected at this period in the interest of the public, while further consultations continue.”
It would be recalled that last week when the leaflet on the tariff change was circulated, anger and criticism against the government went viral, thus forcing the government to revert to old bills.
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