The Federal Executive Council has announced the approval of toll plazas in Nigeria, as citizens are to pay per trip.
Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola made the announcement on Wednesday during a briefing at the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Fashola said, “So the total network of roads today, assuming we wanted to start today, which we’re not, that will be eligible for tolling on the federal network will be 14.3 per cent of the total network. So, 85.27 per cent will not be eligible for tolling.
“We have seen that most of those dual carriageways also have alternative roads, but they are single carriageways; that’s why we left them. So, the only exceptions to single carriageway are some bridges and they are listed in the regulation.”
The toll fee collection exempts diplomatic, military, para-military vehicles, tricycles, motorcycles from the scheme.
The Minister said money collected would be used to maintain roads as well as construct new ones and that the toll system would be electronically driven for transparency.
The decision to collect toll fee was made about two decades ago, after the Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration dismantled all toll plazas on federal roads across the country in 2003.