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Toll Gates Coming Back to Nigerian Roads – Works Minister


Toll gates would soon return to Nigerian roads, says the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola.
The Minister, who revealed this Monday said the Federal Government would reintroduce tolling on the nation’s highways to raise the much needed funds to maintain the roads.
Fashola stated this while addressing members of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, (MAN) who paid him a visit in his office in Abuja.
Fashola disclosed that the tolling system would only be introduced to road projects that had been completed by the government.
Director of Information in the Ministry, Mohammed Ahmed, who made this known said the Minister also revealed that the government would spend N100bn to be raised from the issuance of the SUKUK bond for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of 25 arterial roads.
He explained that the sum of N16.7bn would be allocated for each geo-political zone across the country.
He gave some of the prioritised road projects as the dualisation of Ibadan-Ilorin road, Suleja-Minna road, Kano-Maiduguri road and Lokoja-Benin road, as well as the rehabilitation of the Enugu- Port-Harcourt Expressway and the construction of the Kaduna Eastern Bypass.
“The Federal Government is reconstructing and rehabilitating 25 arterial roads with an aggressive plan to spend about N16.7bn for each geopolitical zone across the country,” the statement read.
“The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, also stated that the ministry was in the process of re-introducing the tolling system on completed federal highways in order to sustain the maintenance of these roads.”

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