Lagos Assembly summons Commissioner, Fashola’s aide over Lekki-Ikoyi link bridge toll fees

The two officials are to appear before the assembly on June 6.

Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly have summoned the Commissioner of Works and Infrastructure, Obafemi Hamsat, to appear before the House to clarify the proposed toll fees on the newly constructed Lekki-Ikoyi link bridge.

The House also summoned Ayo Gbeleyi, the Special Adviser to Governor Babatunde Fashola on Public Private Partnership, on the issue.

The two government officials will appear on June 6.

The Assembly had Tuesday engaged in a heated debate following a motion moved by the Leader of the House, Ajibayo Adeyeye (Kosofe II). The motion was in respect of the proposed Concession Agreement for Electronic Tolling System (ETS) on the bridge.

The House then adjourned the plenary to Friday, May 31, to deliberate more on the toll fees.

Some of the members of the assembly who commented on the proposal, wondered why toll should be collected on a one-km bridge.

At the Friday session, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, the Speaker of the House, said that it was very important for both the commissioner and the governor’s aide to appear before the House to make clarification on the proposed toll fees on the bridge.

He said:”We have spent the whole day with the executive discussing the issue of the toll fees.

“However, there is the need for more explanation from the commissioner of Works and Infrastructure and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Public Private Partnership (PPP) on the issue.”

Governor Fashola on May 29, inaugurated the bridge designed to ease gridlock around Lekki/Ikoyi axis.

The toll rates are N250 for saloon cars; N300 for mini vans, Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) and light, pick-up trucks and N400 for non-commercial buses with a maximum sitting capacity of 26 persons.

Operators of motorcycles with 200 engine capacity and above will pay N100 while the collection of the toll fees is billed to commence on June 1.

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