11 years after toll gates were removed from Nigerian roads by the Federal Government, the Senate has called on President Buhari to re-introduce the barriers to the nation’s highways.
The Senate explained that the toll gates will create a financial pool through which bad roads could be maintained and rehabilitated.
The Senate also called for the introduction of weigh bridges to help protect the roads as well as discourage the over usage of the highways that were constructed for ferrying heavy vehicles and trucks.
The Federal Government was also asked to make provisions for repair of major highways in the 2016 budget against the backdrop that the state of existing roads were deplorable and would need urgent Federal Government’s intervention.
The resolutions were sequel to the adoption of recommendations of Senator Barnabas Gemade led ad-hoc committee on works which investigated the total collapse of federal roads in Nigeria and prevalent gully erosion sites.
The senate also summoned the Management of Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) to brief the lawmakers on the Federal Government concession programme and the Public-Private Partnership’s (PPP) arrangement on roads.
The call for toll gates to resurface on the nation’s highways was coming eleven years after former President Olusegun Obasanjo disbanded toll gates along major federal highways in the country.
It would be recalled that Obasanjo had in 2004 ordered the dismantling of toll gates across the country, citing loss of revenue to government and poor maintenance of the roads.
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