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Tollgate plazas coming back on Nigerian roads, Fashola opens up
The Federal Executive Council has approved the reintroduction of toll collections on some selected dual carriageways across the country. This is as it exempted diplomatic, military, para-military vehicles, tricycles, motorcycles from the scheme. Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, disclosed these on Wednesday while briefing the 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.
The decision was made almost two decades after the Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration dismantled all toll plazas on federal roads across the country in 2003.
Fashola said his ministry presented a memo which the council approved to reintroduce tollgates on dual carriageways of the 35,000km federal roads.
These roads, he explained, 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 added that dual carriageways represented only 5,050km out of the total 35,000km.