The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday passed a resolution, backing reintroduction of toll gate policy on Nigeria’s Federal highways.
Toll gates had been previously abolished by the Olusegun Obasanjo regime in a bid to alleviate hardship for road users who had began complaining about toll fares.
Following a motion by Senator Suleiman Nazif (APC-Bauchi), the Senate resolved to collaborate with other relevant bodies to study the toll gate policy and find “effective and efficient ways to carry out the policy in order to generate more funds for roads maintenance.”
While arguing for reintroduction of toll gates, Mr. Nazif noted the deplorable state of Nigerian roads which he said could be addressed with revenue generated from collection of toll.
Senator Nazif said the toll policy was abolished because President Olusegun Obasanjo advocated roads should rather be maintained from revenue generated from fuel pump price increase.
Senator Nazif’s motion was supported by the Senate Leader, Ali Ndume, Biodun Olujimi (PDP-Ekiti), Akpan Bassey (PDP-Cross River), and Bukar Abba Ibrahim (APC-Yobe) among others.
Senator Ndume said he supported reintroduction of toll to maintain roads, given Nigeria’s shrinking revenue. Senator Olujimi stressed the importance of transparency and pragmatism in the management of toll gates so as to maximize revenues accruing from the venture.
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