Toll collections to return in Nigerian roads, as the federal government of Nigeria has approved its reintroduction on some selected dual carriageways across the country.
This was disclosed on Wednesday at the State House, Abuja by the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, during a media session with the press at the end of the Federal Executive Council presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
In 2003, former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration had removed toll plazas on federal roads across the country.
According to the minister, his ministry presented a memo which the council approved to reintroduce tollgates on dual carriageways of the 35,000km federal roads.
Explaining further, the minister said the roads accounts for 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.
However, diplomatic, military, para-military vehicles, tricycles and motorcycles are exempted from the scheme.
Fashola said, “So the total network of roads today, assuming we wanted to start today, which we’re not, that will be eligible for tolling on the federal network will be 14.3 per cent of the total network. So, 85.27 per cent will not be eligible for tolling.
“We have seen that most of those dual carriageways also have alternative roads, but they are single carriageways; that’s why we left them. So, the only exception to single carriageway are some bridges and they are listed in the regulation.”
“So, we have taken another step. So let me be clear, tolls are not going to start tomorrow. So let us be clear about that.”
He said that tolling will not commence until the affected roads were fixed while operational agreements would have to be negotiated with relevant government agencies.
The toll collected would be used to maintain the roads and also to construct new ones while the toll system would be electronically driven for transparency.