The federal government of Nigeria has announced the reintroduction of toll collections on some selected dual carriageways across the country, as approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC).
This was revealed by the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola while briefing the State House correspondents at the end of the virtual Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, at the First Lady’s Conference room, Presidential Villa, Abuja.
According to the Minister, only 14.3 percent of the entire 35,000 kilometres federal roads that are dual carriageways will be fit for tolling and vehicles will have to pay between N150 and N500 toll per trip.
Recall that former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration dismantled all toll plazas on federal roads across the country.
In the words of the Minister, “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 percent of the total network. So, 85.27 percent 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 exception to single carriageway are some bridges and they are listed in the regulation.”
“The Ministry of Works and Housing presented a policy memorandum for the approval of federal roads, bridges, tolling policy, and also a regulation that will provide a legal framework for the tolling policy.
We need to have a kick-off policy. So, we’ve classified vehicles into five categories, cars, SUVs, and jeeps as a second category. Private bus and commercial bus as third and fourth categories. Then, luxury buses and trucks as a fifth category.
So, the start off tolls that we have for financial modeling and investment decision making, cars will pay N200, SUVs, and Jeeps will pay N200, SUVs and Jeeps will pay N300, commercial buses will pay N300, commercial buses will pay N150, luxury buses and trucks will pay N500.
He further stated that the open tolling system will not start until the affected roads were motorable, and there will be the need for negotiation by relevant government agencies on operational arrangements