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FGN plans reintroduction of toll fees, Nigerians to pay N500, N200 on motorways

The Nigerian Federal Government is reintroducing a toll collection system on some selected dual motorways across the country, but this time with a new open road policy.

This new system means that the toll collection on roads will be without the use of toll booths but an all-electronic cashless tolling system.

The last time the country used the tolling system was during Obasanjo's administration. The closed toll system enable drivers to pay and collect a ticket at the toll gate before a barrier is lifted for the vehicle to exit.

Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of Works and Housing revealed this after the Federal Executive Council on Wednesday. He noted that the new system will not be operational until the affected roads become motorable.

He also explained that operational agreements would have to be negotiated with relevant government agencies.

While speaking on the actual tolls for various vehicles, Fashola said that his ministry had presented a memo which the council approved to reintroduce tollgates on dual carriageways of the 35,000km federal roads.

The projected startup tolling system is suggested that salon cars are to pay 200 naira; SUVs/Jeeps are to pay 300; private buses will pay 300; commercial buses are to pay 150; while luxurious buses and trucks are to pay 500 naira, according to the minister. 

The minister said the collection of the toll would be used to maintain the roads and also be used to construct new ones while the toll gates system would be electronically driven for transparency.

He stressed that the operation will not begin at once, and further said that the government asked the public and private sector stakeholders before deciding on reintroducing the toll gates on federal carriageways.

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