FG to Re-introduce Tolls, Demolish Illegal Structures on Highways – Fashola

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Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola has said that the Federal government will reintroduce highway tolling to support government funding and ensure efficient road maintenance.

Fashola during his first news conference tagged “Setting the Agenda for Delivering Change” also announced that illegal structures on highways will be demolished.

He said “Maintenance would be our watchword. We are setting up a robust maintenance regime to keep our highways in good shape.

“This shows that tolling is necessary to support government funding. So, it will not be too much if we ask every road user to pay little to augment government funding for road maintenance.

“It is eminent commonsense for us to find that money. We will use technology; so if we don’t pay cash, you will pay by tokens or tickets and the money is accountable and it will go to the right place.

“We will manage that fund properly and we will hold those who we put there to account.

“In order to make the roads safer, we intend to re-claim the full width of all Federal roads, representing 16 per cent and about 36,000km of Nigeria’s road network.

“We are immediately now asking all those who are infringing on our highways, whether by parking, trading, or Attention of any inappropriate structure to immediately remove, relocate or dismantle such things voluntarily.

“This will be the biggest contribution that citizens can offer our country as proof that we all want things to change for the better.”

He also highlighted how the ministry would help reposition the economy. He said “Maintenance would be our watchword. We are setting up a robust maintenance regime to keep our highways in good shape.

“This shows that tolling is necessary to support government funding. So, it will not be too much if we ask every road user to pay little to augment government funding for road maintenance.

“It is eminent commonsense for us to find that money. We will use technology; so if we don’t pay cash, you will pay by tokens or tickets and the money is accountable and it will go to the right place.

“We will manage that fund properly and we will hold those who we put there to account.”

 

NAN

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