The Federal Government on Monday said it would reintroduce tolling on the nation’s highways to raise the much needed funds to maintain the roads.
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, said The Federal Government would reintroduce tolling on the nation’s highways to raise the much needed funds to maintain the roads.
Fashola said this while addressing members of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, who made a courtesy call to his office in Abuja.
Fashola said that the tolling system would only be introduced to road projects that had been completed by the government.
In a statement by the Director of Information in the ministry, Mohammed Ahmed, Fashola gave some of the prioritised road projects as the dualisation of Ibadan-Ilorin road, Suleja-Minna road, Kano-Maiduguri road and Lokoja-Benin road, as well as the rehabilitation of the Enugu- Port-Harcourt Expressway and the construction of the Kaduna Eastern Bypass.
“The Federal Government is reconstructing and rehabilitating 25 arterial roads with an aggressive plan to spend about N16.7bn for each geopolitical zone across the country.
“The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, also stated that the ministry was in the process of re-introducing the tolling system on completed federal highways in order to sustain the maintenance of these roads.”