The Lagos State government has said that it plans to erect toll gates along the Lagos-Badagry expressway to recoup her investments on the road.
Kadri Hamzat, the state Commissioner for Works, told journalists in Lagos, Tuesday, that the toll would not affect the service lanes.
“As to how to get back what we spent, it is a 10 -ane road with service lanes. “The two middle lanes will be tolled but the service lanes will be there for those who do not want to pay toll,” Mr. Hamzat said.
While the Lot 1 – the first phase of expansion of the expressway – is still nearing completion; the 24.5 kilometre Lot 2, which stretches from Mile 2 down to Agbara, has been recently awarded to the China Civil Engineering and Construction Company (CCECC).
The CCECC is also responsible for the light rail transit along the expressway.
“If you look at the map of Africa, the road links some West African countries. From Lagos, you can actually drive and the road is going up to the Gambia. A lot of people on that route speak French, even up to Morocco,” said Mr. Hamzat.
“That population is about 280 million, and the majority of them spend the same currency. Technically, if we can open up that road, Lagos economy will blossom,” he added.
Mr. Hamzat hinted that there are possibilities of linking the light rail to other West African nations.
“The Vice President of Ghana spoke to Governor Fashola on the possibility,” said Mr. Hamzat. “He demanded to see the design of the project. This is to enable him see if it is possible to link up with the project.
“It is a talk, and that has been done. That shows you the possibility. “We just need to link ourselves together like they did in Western Europe. One is happy that our leader is thinking in that line too. It will be a dream if it can happen,” Mr. Hamzat said.