NIGERIA [Insider] — The Ministry of Power, Works, and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has revealed federal government of Nigeria plan to restore back tolls on roads across the country.
The Lawyer turn Minister of Power, communicated this to the public during an interactive session with Senate committee on Federal Roads Maintenance Agency, FERMA, on the early hours of Thursday.
Defending the importance attached to tolls, the Works and Housing minister said it will enhance job opportunities for Nigerian youths and will be managed by the private organization.
He also added that the tolls will be introduced in phases, the first phase will be re-introduction of Moribund toll points, previously managed by Nigerian federal government.
In his words: “Tolls will come,” “We have looked at the previous tolling regime, the inefficiencies raised we have tried to review. One of the things we have done is to try and standardise the toll designs for the entire country. We have finished with that. So that we’ll expand its width according to the size of the road but they will be built with the same kind of materials that we can control.
The existing law allows us to toll and we have gone back to pre-existing toll points where the previous tolls were dismantled and those are the places where it is easy to re-introduce them again for a start because they used to be there. So, its sensitisation that is necessary will not be expensive”
“We’ve identified 38 points across the country. What we are waiting to achieve now is the completion of the construction work that is going on. We don’t think it is fair to ask people to pay tolls on roads that are not motorable. While that is going on, we are working on the design. We want to standardise it so that when we put out the advert for people to come and bid, we can control what they are going to construct.