“We expect to return toll plazas, we have concluded their designs…”
The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, on Wednesday announced the plans of the Federal Government of Nigeria to reintroduce toll gates on the federal highways more than a decade after it was abolished and dismantled on the highways.
The Minister who revealed that the designs of the toll plazas are ready stated that no law prohibits federal government from having them on the federal highways.
PUNCH reports that Fashola, stated this while briefing State House Correspondents on the decision taken at the Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa Abuja.
He said, “There is no reason why we can’t toll, there was a policy of government to abolish tolls or as it where, 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.
He also disclosed that the government is working on introducing electric mode of payment.
“What we are looking at now and trying to conclude is how the bank end runs.”
Fashola said that government was also considering to eliminate payment of cash by introducing electronic mode of payment.