The Federal Government led by President Muhammadu Buhari says that plans were at the advanced stage to return toll gates on the federal highways.
Naija News reports that the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola made this known on Wednesday while briefing State House Correspondents after the Federal Executive Council (FEC), meeting presided over by President Buhari at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
The Minister said there was no law that stopped the government from having toll gate on federal roads.
His words: “There is no reason why we can’t toll, there was a policy of the government to abolish tolls or as it were, dismantle toll plaza but there is no law that prohibits tolling in Nigeria today. We expect to return toll plazas, We have concluded their designs of what they will look like, what materials they will be rebuilt with, what new considerations must go into them.
“What we are looking at now and trying to conclude is how the bank end runs,” he said.
The Minister of Works and Housing noted that the Federal Government was also considering eliminating the payment of cash by introducing electronic mode of payment.
Fashola stressed that the Buhari-led government needed to acquire more lands to expand the width of the toll gates as it proposed to have a ten-lane.