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Nigeria set to reintroduce toll gates


The Federal Government is on the verge of reintroducing toll plazas on roads across the country.

The tolls were scrapped in 2004 by the administration of president Olusegun Obasanjo.

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, disclosed this while briefing State House Correspondents alongside Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, at the end of Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He explained that the Federal Government was working on modalities for reintroducing cashless toll plaza, noting that there is no law against toll plazas in the country.

Fashola added that other logistics being worked out before the reintroduction include acquiring more lands that will provide up to 10 lanes plazas.

The Works and Housing Minister also disclosed that the council  also approved additional N15.765 billion for two roads in the country.

The two roads are Suleja-Minna-Lambata road and Ibadan-Lagere-Ilesa bypass.

He said the two roads contracts approved on Wednesday were upward review from initially approved rates.

On the 101km Suleja-Minna-Lambata road, he said FEC also approved additional N12.6 billion, while additional N3.165 billion was approved for the Ibadan-Lagere-Ilesa bypass.

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