Fashola unveils plans for federal roads, to re-introduce tolling

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The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, says the Federal Government will re-introduce highway tolling to raise additional funds to finance road infrastructure and ensure efficient road maintenance.

Mr. Fashola said this on Tuesday in Abuja during his first news conference tagged “Setting the Agenda for Delivering Change”.

He said that adequate funding of the nation’s road infrastructure would generate job opportunities and reduce unemployment in the country.

“Maintenance would be our watchword. We are setting up a robust maintenance regime to keep our highways in good shape.

“This shows that tolling is necessary to support government funding. So, it will not be too much if we ask every road user to pay little to augment government funding for road maintenance.

“It is eminent commonsense for us to find that money. We will use technology; so if we don’t pay cash, you will pay by tokens or tickets and the money is accountable and it will go to the right place.

“We will manage that fund properly and we will hold those who we put there to account,” the minister said.

Tolling was scrapped by former President Olusegun Obasanjo after his administration imposed fuel tax. Since then, attempts to restart the policy failed.

Mr. Fashola said as a short-term strategy, the ministry would start with quick completion of ongoing inter-state roads in order to facilitate connectivity, before working on those that bear heavy traffic.

“We commit all our skills, energies, and collective integrity unreservedly to playing our part, but how much success we deliver is dependent also on the citizens’ commitment to their own part,’’ he said.

The minister observed that lack of funding had caused many construction companies to retrench their workers due to the huge debts owed them by the various tiers of government.

He said that with adequate budgetary allocations, the three ministries have an enormous role to play in repositioning the economy and creating jobs.

“Clearly, good roads will help reposition and grow our economy, reduce travel time, cost of transportation of goods and services, and restore jobs that have been lost to transport-dependent services.

“Some of the numbers from only four construction companies that were sampled, suggest that at least 5,150 workers have been laid off as at March 11, 2015.

“If each contractor has only 100 employees at each of the 200 contract sites, it means at least that 20,000 people who lost their jobs can return to work. If the right budget is put in place and funded for contractors to get paid.

“The possibility to return those who have just lost their jobs back to work is the kind of change that we expect to see by this short-term strategy.”

Mr. Fashola further said that the ministry would soon embark on enforcement of the right of way by dismantling all illegal structures infringing on the highways.

He advised persons infringing on the right of way to voluntarily dismantle the inappropriate structures before the government commenced the demolition of such structures.

“In order to make the roads safer, we intend to re-claim the full width of all Federal roads, representing 16 per cent and about 36,000km of Nigeria’s road network.

“We are immediately now asking all those who are infringing on our highways, whether by parking, trading, or erection of any inappropriate structure to immediately remove, relocate or dismantle such things voluntarily.

“This will be the biggest contribution that citizens can offer our country as proof that we all want things to change for the better,” the minister said.

(NAN)


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  • favourtalk

    When you see a brain and good plans, you will recognize one, he has done it in lagos and he is ready to bring the change to nigeria. We all need his touch at the federal level

    • sonofman

      @favourtalk:disqus

      The anti-corruption agency ICPC announced on 3rd September that Raji Fashola
      is under investigative processing en route arraignment in court of law for stealing.
      But 27 days later, as if to hinder the criminal investigation (a separate crime
      under the Penal Code
      ) President Buhari announced RAJI FASHOLA as Minister.

      Ditto, ROTIMI AMAECHI was himself indicted as a thief by a Judicial Commission
      in Rivers State early that same month for running a rogue government that cooked
      up the books and stole away nearly 100 billion Naira. A High Court Judge conducted
      that INQUIRY. But just three [3] weeks after the Inquiry Report was published to the
      world, Buhari audaciously announced Rotimi Amaechi as a federal Minister.

      Human beings cannot live under a grossly immoral social order which President Buhari
      fosters; by promoting theft and encouraging stealing. Buhari’s immorality and
      corruption are so offensive to the senses it could put Nigeria asunder.

    • PolyGon2013

      This time, he will have access to a lot of cash to fund his projects.

  • taiwo

    BRF my guy!

  • persona

    As long as roads are self funding, they will be less weight on the budget and we can vote new budget for advanced infrastructures. If the payments hit a TSA account designated account, then this should increase confidence in users that the monies are not in private pockets. Rather pay tolls for good roads than spend hours in traffic on bad roads.

  • SirJames

    It’s just that Nigerians are weary – weary of being used, abused and betrayed. That’s why most of us shout when it looks like govt is coming up with some plan that will put some more pressure on our already burdened financial state. But I believe we can try again. Fashola is right. Where we find ourselves now, in order to move ahead, we have to make some more sacrifices. The ideas as expounded here interesting. But Bros Fash, make una no betray our trust again ooo.

    God bless you Sir. God bless Nigeria.

    • Nuel

      Even if th Govt plans to pluck out your eyes, you won’t complain cos you probably voted for them. The obnoxious corruption in handling tolls, caused the then Govt, to destroy tolls (thereby destroying corruption) Fashola plans to re-introduce corruption and you applaud? Would you applaud this move if it was GEJ/PDP? Our biggest problem is hypocrisy GEJ removed subsidy, hypocrites kicked against it. Now same hypocrites are begging “Sai baba” to remove subsidy. Shameless lots.

      • Amir

        If after all the demonic corruption under GEJ and his appointees, you still mention trusting that government with public money then something is wrong with you. Buhari can be trusted with federal cash, GEJ not. Buhari can punish looters, GEJ will pardon them. Buhari can plug loopholes GEJ will remove the plugs. Fasola performed in Lagos, GEJ failed/did nothing in Bayelsa. That’s the difference. Even the SURE-P started by GEJ has become SURE poverty for saTAN and PDP members only.

      • NoBeLie

        Bros why u dey vex na? Okay, let’s forget PDP, GEJ, APC, Biafra etc and move the country forward.

        • SirJames

          God bless you. We must make conscious decisions to move ahead and forget the past.

          God bless Nigeria.

        • Nuel

          I no vex ooo.. I just say my mind, we are at liberty to say what we want, except that this unfortunate APC is trying to gag free speech. E no go happen.

      • Ajayi Ifayemi

        Please forget GEJ/PDP they are already cooked and done! Let other people try their own idea. The PDP idea never worked in 16 years.

        • Nuel

          The PDP idea worked for 16yrs, agree ask yourself why is baba adopting some PDP models? Not everything about PDP was bad after all.

          • Ajayi Ifayemi

            No not everything, but most.

      • Bash

        Removing subsidy by GEJ was not acceptable by Nigerians bcos of his inability to stop or fight corruption which means he might end up giving the money to his fellow thief’s but for this government we have our trust even u

        • Nuel

          It wasn’t acceptable to ignorant folks like you who danced naked in ojota. Ask you elders to lecture you on – why removal of subsidy, is a viable means of stopping corruption. Learn!!!

      • PolyGon2013

        Tollso will be compiterized. Government can introduce cards similar to the phone type. Besides, secret agents will be sent to pretend as a commuter to catch offenders.

        • Otile

          I wish you were living in One Nigeria instead of hiding in California, you would not be telling us how Alhaji Fashola and Rotimi Oyenusi under Imam Buhari are about to convert 9ja to heaven on earth. Get real, boy.

        • Nuel

          Well, I do hope the Govt plans to collect tolls on the “good” road(s) they have constructed. Not the one inherited from the “very corrupt pdp” PDP built roads with no plans to collect tolls from poor citizens. Fashola/APC must collect tolls ONLY on roads built by APC Govt. PERIOD!

      • Reason-ability

        Tokens will solve the problem of corruption at toll gates. Scratch cards are also easy to solve or online payment where you receive a number to punch in at the gates. Why have we not stopped visiting shoprite despite the car park tolls. We are just very spoilt children we Nigerians. We claim we cannot afford taxes and then waste insanely colossal sums of money on parties weddings etc and we dress up chairs and the hall to be even more attractive than the bride and groom and the guests look like peacock in their fineries. Events of just one day and 50 Million Naira to 100 million Naira gone down the drain in one day. Shame on us all. The poor people copy the rich in the same folly and their own parties can go into the millions as well. Hypocrites all of us. Taxes must be paid by us all

        • Nuel

          Yes taxes will be paid. One question for you, how effective is the lekki-ikoyi tolls? Why did the rich men, protest apparently?

    • PolyGon2013

      Fashola never betrayed anyone, and he won’t betray us.

  • Spoken word

    We need more people like him in government not pretenders that have no clue like the ones currently in ekiti and in lagos

    • Factsay

      U know no wetin u dey talk

      • Spoken word

        Abeg keep quiet. If you have a PH.D. In failure that is your own business.

        • Rambunctious Billionaire

          Moron, you should be the one to shut up…have been spewing out rubbish like a buffoon.

        • Rambunctious Billionaire

          Buffoon, you should be the one to keep quiet

    • Rambunctious Billionaire

      Moron, shut up, you do not know what you need….dumb buffoon like you.

  • Nuel

    We’ve been through this route before, there’ nothing noble or extra-ordinary about tolls. But Nigerians love suffering and smiling. APC boasted that the major problem is corruption. Please why are they introducing tolls on the road? Why inflict hardship on road users, when you’ve not blocked loop holes?

    • Eniolataiwo

      So, what is ur viable option

      • Ajayi Ifayemi

        He will like us to keep doing the same thing we did before that never worked like crazy people do.

      • Nuel

        Follow existing structures, blueprint, adjust if need be, collect tolls on roads built/fixed by APC.

    • Hassan Lawal

      ….yes i agree,but this time we have a different handler ,someone that has proved to be effective and also capable.Please lets be positive for once and support this guy!

      • Nuel

        I support him. But so far, his performance has been terribly dissapointing. Nothing, I mean absolutel nothing, is working under Buhari for 7months. I pray thi ease a bit, next year.

    • Onike24

      You know people like you really, really baffle me. At the moment road users face untold hardship, so why don’t you want people to proffer solutions? Sometimes the solution to a problem is not exactly palatable. You want Buhari to fail so that YOU can have the smugness to say” I told you so”. If he fails, people will suffer more than they are doing at the moment, what loop holes? Oil is trading at less than 40 dollars a barrel, we spend 15dollars to produce, which leaves us with 25 dollars per barrel as revenue. Nigeria has a diversified economy, it’s the revenue of government that isn’t yet diversified, and that will happen. Nigerians underestimate the damage that corruption causes, go to scandanavia, where corruption does not exist and you will weep for us.

      • Reason-ability

        My dear, the social media is a potpourri of all sorts-brainiards and average intellect and very low.. so when you express some logical argument, expect intelligent discourse from a few and abysmal foolishness from others.

        • Onike24

          Well said, abysmal foolishness is not in short supply.

      • Nuel

        I hear you. You read my mind and saw the text in my heart which reads: ” Buhari must fail, so Nuel can laugh” What a dumb a ignorant response. OBJ, Yar’adua, GEJ didn’t fail, Buhari won’t either. So bugger off.

    • Idoni George

      Why can’t you just be optimistic for once and give the government the benefit of a doubt?

      • Nuel

        I’d try to be optimistic when this Govt becomes serious in the issue of governace.

  • concerned nigerian

    BRF, well done! You have my support on this.

  • Rommel

    So now,what happens to the fuel tax or will this be double taxation?

    • Datti

      What is double taxation? Is fuel tax not different from road use tax? And who said there is tax on fuel when the amount we pay at the pump is far less than the landing cost? Why then do they talk about subsidy?

      • Onike24

        Thank God for intelligent people like you! I am so confused now, so we pay fuel tax but we also pay subsidy? How does that works? Please if you understand the economics tell me.

      • Mayo

        The theory is this – Obasanjo scrapped toll gates because he said the money was being embezzled and so not being used for the road maintenance it was designed for. In its place, he introduced ‘fuel tax’ which you pay as your purchase fuel. The theory is that there is no more ‘raw cash’ for the toll gate attendant and others to embezzle.

        Even if government is subsidizing fuel, Obasanjo was basically telling us that we when we buy a little fuel, we actually a ‘little extra’ as fuel tax and that money is for road maintenance. Rommel is now asking – what happens to that money? Maybe the answer is that the government never collected that money or that it was spent on other things that it was not meant for. But it is still a legitimate questions since government told us there was something called ‘fuel tax’

    • kuli

      It’s actually double taxation. Since fuel tax are earmarked to fix roads.

    • Proud Yoruba

      How can it be double taxation when “toll” is not a tax!

      The combination of both will be used for road construction and repairs, this is best practices all over the world. If you don’t buy fuel or use interstate highways, you never have to pay the fuel tax or the toll fee. You have the freedom to travel by train.

      This is why simultaneously, Ameachi will be improving on the rail network in Nigeria as well for alternate means of transport. Hopefully Ameachi will also improve on Aviation, so you have another alternative.

      You can’t escape tax, it is better to give your money to your country for development and maintenance, rather than going to spend it overseas on consumable rubbish!

  • Sowunmi Adeyemi

    I just seem to like Babatunde Fashola, He is a man that knows what to do. Look at his diplomatic way of addressing those infringing on the right of way and the way they intend to go about their work which will restore jobs that were lost and consequently enhance Nigeria’s economic value.

  • FreeNigeria

    Hopefully the roads will be constructed to international standard before being tolled. Also, what happens to the imposed fuel tax?

    • NoBeLie

      Good question…

    • Onike24

      Wait a minute, You mean the government, imposes fuel tax and then subsidizes the same commodity? Hmm, Nigeria we hail thee!

      • FreeNigeria

        Na wao, only in Nigeria.

      • Proud Yoruba

        Don’t indulge in negative thinking and putting your country down!

        Fuel tax is paid by consumers to the Govt. and is used for road construction and maintenance.

        Subsidy is paid by the government to oil marketers because the cost of the refined products is higher that the consumer is charged at the pump. The price of petrol at landing is N100, but Govt sells to consumers at N87, the Govt pays the N13 per litre difference to Oil marketers.

        The subsidy is a temporary measure because our refineries are not working. If the refineries were working, there would be no need to import petroleum products. With the decrease in oil prices, the price of petroleum products should go down. Also, they are trying to revitalize the refineries so that they produce all the fuel and kerosene consumed within Nigeria of 45,000 litres per day.

        It is not easy pleasing everyone, but Nigeria is trying compared to other African countries who rely solely on AID. You should be happy to be a Nigerian, grass is greener on our side!

        • Otile

          Right on bro. With Imam as our savior things are getting better and prosperity is around the corner.

        • Onike24

          Did you say subsidy is temporary? When were they introduced? What is the point in subsidising a product then taxing it? I am not illiterate when it comes to energy economics it doesn’t make sense. it makes no sense at all. How about using the money for subsidy to maintain and build roads? What a joke, albeit in very bad taste .

          • Proud Yoruba

            Subsidy is temporary, it only started in 2010 till now. It started because the refineries stopped working for whatever reason. Nigeria produces oil and should refine it for their domestic consumption, but for reasons best known to Diezani and Jonathan, they never spent money on fixing the refineries even during high oil prices, and they continued to pay huge sums for subsidy.

            Once refineries are working, oil prices reduce more, or better contracts are signed, subsidy goes away. Subsidy is a benefit to consumers paid for by the Govt. Consumers have no financial obligation for subsidies except that it comes from Govt revenues, from money that was earmarked for other expenditures and has been diverted to prevent the poor from paying high prices for petrol and kerosene.

            It is a populist policy which works because not everyone who buys petrol uses the federal roads. The subsidy ostensibly benefits the poor and more vulnerable population that use kerosene for light and for cooking. Also for drivers whose livelihood is made from taxis, and danfos. They benefit the most from the subsidy.

            It is a populist policy used by many countries including the US and European countries who subsidize food and cattle, some pay over $35 billion yearly to keep their farmers working with subsidies.

          • Onike24

            Do you understand that subsidies are meant for production not consumption? Your excellent examples of farm subsidies and cattle rearing are production subsidies. The only other country that a similar policy was India and Mohdi removed it! Did you say 2010? You clearly with respect don’t know what you are talking about! Noon body except the oil barons who benefit from subsidy, so unless you are Otedola or Tonye Cole, you are at a disadvantage .

          • Proud Yoruba

            Are you joking? When the US pays $100 bilion to farmers yearly to artificially keep the produce price down in order to compete with produce price from other countries, you call that production and not consumption? The money goes to a small group of farmers or cattle rearers and the rest of the world suffers because they cannot sell their exports to US consumers because Govt artificially keeps the food prices down with $100 billion subsidies yearly.

            African countries and Brazil are suing the US because of this policy!

            Subsidies are assistants, grants, free money and are meant for anything you want, national security, food security, or in our case to subsidize the poor!

          • Onike24

            What are the farmers doing? Producing! I am not one to blow my own trumpet but this is what I do for a living. Nobody subsidies consumption.

          • Proud Yoruba

            I can concede to you about subsidizing ‘Consumption’ on the part of the kerosene subsidy, no problem.

            However, if the govt provided electricity and gas to our population in the rural areas, who are majority poor, there will be no need to subsidize kerosene. Jona tried to bypass this by buying portable gas stoves for the rural population, but that scheme went down the toilet of bad implementation.

            The petrol subsidy on the other hand may not be in strict terms ‘Production’ for you learned economists, but its indirect impact to economic activity is increase in cost of transportation and therefore, price of commodities; loss of jobs; and crippling of the economy which we see every time petrol is not available for purchase. The crippling of economic activities in Nigeria due to petrol shortage, has direct impact on the ‘Producing’ sectors of our economy.

            Let us hope that this all becomes moot in the near future, as the price of petrol comes down because of lowering of oil price and hopefully better management of the contracts with oil marketers, better swap deals, and operational refineries. I even heard a rumor that the Govt. is ironing out a deal to contract with refineries in England to provide the refinery service for Nigeria directly and cut out middle men. We live in hope!

    • PolyGon2013

      Will be used for continuing maintenance.

  • Factsay

    Avenue to steal from public again.

    Who will account for the extortion money?

    • PolyGon2013

      You.

  • Godfrey Etokebe

    What is the TIME FRAME for this to materialize?

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    Methinks toll gates will negatively impact traffic flow (as they do on the Lekki axis in Lagos) and constitute a security threat to road users (particularly at night). Why not incorporate the tax into the pump price of fuel?

  • Ogom

    First to throw down – Babatunde Raji Fasola!

    We are waiting for the ready of Buhari’s team to tell us how they intend to “deliver change”.

  • Very Proud Oily IZON Redeemer

    I have stated–severally that the only solution to our moving forward in Nigeria, is SEPARATION period. There is no way monkeys and Baboons or rats and cats will be able to reside side by side with each other in the country called Nigeria————When Jonathan tried to initiate the idea of bringing back the toll-gates on our highways, he was shouted down by the Yorubas and Fulanis now advocating the return of the system-Which will surely< be under the control of Tinubu–As it was in Lagos so shall it be in the 6 zones—Nigeria is now the personal property of Tinubu and the Fulanis- Yesterday it was REMITA—–now it is TINUBUTA—-The fight to reduce the INNOCENT voice of Jonathan, on this very troubling issue, were clearly led by the Yorubas under the watchful eyes ati nose of Obj, Tinubu and Bakare—The trouble with Nigeria is that, when the untouchable Fulani elites express an opinion and have it backed by the follow foolow Yorubas in APC-it automatically becomes acceptable to the socalled mumu major tribes in the country—-It is then recasted and reintroduced–as a new concept from the stinking regional soul of the custodians of our resources in the creeks of the Niger Delta—-Tribalism again abi-? na lie it is d truth! This is just another contract for the Apes in APC from the Fulani North–ati the South West–another 419 oil subsidy deal–This time it is not coming from the pot of the IMF– Animals-

    • emmanuel

      U are right my brother. SEPARATION is the only way.

      • PolyGon2013

        Submit your referendum.

    • Buhari4Ever

      Deri Orbuka, how far with your misery? Any cure yet? How can separation be the answer when an Ijaw thief who is supposed to be your president is in a British prison for stealing funds belonging to the Ijaws? Or Diezani, who is supposed to be your prime minister can’t even return home to Ijaw land because she is afraid of the consequences of the massive loothing and sleaze under her watch as petroleum minister. Azazi, one of the few good Ijaws was killed by an Ijaw president. Asari Dokubu took Ijaw money and built a university and businesses in Cotonou as a proof that all his noise about the emancipation of N Delta is another concoction of fraud. Ijaws are better off under the Fulanis and the Yourubas. Get us to that fact..

      • Very Proud Oily IZON Redeemer

        @wahala—Jonathan and Diezani are not yr late uncle who took off to Ivory coast leaving yr old lady behind with ya Fulani pada—–Happily u are an Ibo man————————out in search of your Biafra——-somewhere in the SS—Glad though that the Ijaw Nation cannot be part and parcel of your dream any more because of your unstable thoughts against her-So do not try to see the Ijaw Nation as the fountain of your inspiration–! Before Jonathan, was the agitation for a homeland for the Ijaw Nation-via Boro-Meaning we are not inviting any to follow us–what we are saying is that every LGA has the right to fly her own flag at the UN–period! Unlike u who yearns to have Edos and Tivs-at the AU-with u -after your liberation. We call for separation because the Tripod often steals ideas launched by us as well as that of Ijaw man Jonathan, then recycles them to look as if its is their own——The point being made here again is that when the vision of having toll-gates was initiated by Ijaw man Jonathan–it was your tribes men in the Tripod who said No–why are they attempting to re-launch the project via the backdoor again? Yesterday Fashola ati Tinubu and Bakare said no way–now nko?–

        • Otile

          Deri, do you know how stupid_you are? Don’t know that Adaka Boro would have been better to take off to Papua New Guinea than foolishly_stay back only to be wasted by the brute Adekunle? It is foolhardy to let swines and reptiles to waste your life in the name of one Nigeria. With hindsight don’t you see that your heroes Wiwa and Boro were extremely_stupid?

      • goldoun

        The Ijaw may be better off alone. Like the rest of us

    • Damilola

      I don’t agree with separation but TRUE FEDERALISM, with that all and sundry will know where their problems line and who to tackle. It is then the Northern devilish elites will have the Nollywood widow cry of their inactions for yrs. Infact I bet it might even help hurt this whole noise about insecurity

  • WORLD BANK ADVISE

    Behold the corrupt man who has a corruption scandal hanging over his neck. Amongst other irresponsible hehaviours were;
    – Building a website for over N70m…and he is not in jail. Why wont some other useless Governor biuld website for N300m 2morow?
    – He hates the poor. Builds housing and repairs estates for only the rich. No AC in his BRT buses
    – He hates none indigent peoples living in Lagos. Ordered their deportation at an unholy hour of 2am. Wicked ,an!
    – He permitted that red eyed drug addict to accumulate lagos state’s tax revenue as his pension.

    Shame. Now he wants Nigerians to pay more for roads. Islamist Boko haran will kill Nigerians on the roads. Thieves will attack even when cars are moving. Now you want toll gates to make attacks easy when motorists slow down. Do these politicians even think? Did Fashola not pass Waec too?

    This ia another World Bank advice – Tax the common poor Nigerians and sqeeze their blood with fines and taxes. Remove subsidy. Increase transport fare. Increase taxes. Increase this, increase that. Fashola, dont repair or build roads if that is the reason to introduce toll collections, We love them that way…and keep your toll gates in your pocket.

    • PolyGon2013

      Dummy, GEJ already blew our money. We need to raise money to fix our roads. Oil revenue has gone down, and thus we need other sources of funding.

  • Dd

    We need God to help us in this country. Look at who is talking? Fashola? Hmmmmmm…. Imagine. Were he a Chinese he would have neen jailed for at least 15yrs for corrruption.

    • PolyGon2013

      Dummy, you are hurt so bad.

      • temi savage

        @PolyGon2013:disqus

        The people of Lagos need help. They are too ashamed to ask for it.
        Under Raji Fashola Lagosians were not asking for public accounts.
        They were bingeing on debts. It was when Raji Fashola left that the
        moronic Lagosians realized they’ve been duped and sold.

        Lagos state has lost 50% of its monthly revenue as crude oil price plummets
        to just about $40 from the $110 it sold for when Raji Fashola spent the state
        money anyhow as the spirit directed. Now, Lagos state is almost in cash ruins.
        Funds are running short for basic maintenance. Debts are mounting, as the
        national currency dips in value by 40% to the dollar, meaning that Lagos state
        dollar-denominated debts automatically shoot up by 40% in Naira terms.

        Raji Fashola had
        burdened Lagos state with 512 billion Naira debt. If one-third
        of it are dollar debts, it follows that 170 billion Naira portion of that
        debt would need about one and a half times of Naira repayment,
        being another 80 billion added to the existing 512 billion Naira
        of Lagos debt that Raji Fashola incurred. As the Naira falls,
        the foreign debt of Lagos state will continue to increase to
        the point where both the debt and the compound interest
        of Lagos commercial loans will become un-repayable.

        That apocalypse
        is what Raji Fashola’s governance ignorance inflicted on the poorish
        Lagosians now living in darkness, with Raji Fashola best able to assure
        only four (4) hours electricity supply per week to Mainland Lagos since he
        took office without moral or knowledge merits as Nigeria’s Minister for Power.

        • Proud Yoruba

          You are not Yoruba, because you don’t understand development financing. Fashion used the debt to finance a new deep sea port in Lekki, light rail network, and an industrial zone in Lekki. All these projects are revenue generating and will more than pay back the loan and increase revenue.

          Lagos has 24 billion naira in IGR/month and get 8 billion Naira from govt in allocation, Lagos can survive without allocation, because the bulk of it revenues are internally generated.

          You are not Yoruba, so you can’t understand these high sums of money, go back to ibo land where they gave 250million Naira IGR, and you’ll understand their finances there. Lagos is not for you!

          • Eniola Bibilari

            i don’t really agree with the tribalism but you sir are very intelligent. For some reason, lots of people on here always fail to see the bigger picture!

          • goldoun

            “You are not Yoruba, because you don’t understand development financing.You are not Yoruba, so you can’t understand these high sums of money.. “Haba Proud Yoruba ! You would make a fine compatriot if you out grow this myopia. PS I wouldn’t mind if you choose to stick to your Yorubanness. Great people the Yoruba.

        • goldoun

          If all you claim against Mr Fashola is true, please help us by monitoring him closely so he doesn’t end up repeating the same

    • anwari

      why?

    • Emmanuel Maluba

      That is if the Chinese have your kind of prejudice. Why dont you help us prosecute Fashola with all the facts at your disposal and stop wailing and whining here?

  • Dr. Dulles

    Editor Premium Times,

    Raji Babatunde Fashola is either dunce or dullard……..

    Anyone who can think will need a microscope
    to see the sense, if any, in Raji Fashola’s rant. I now believe those who’ve
    been saying Raji Fashola has no clue what governance is about. I am not
    discussing his propensity to steal public funds or assets, no! I am looking at
    his very pedestrian type of thinking. How could tolling roads be a strategy for
    change, how? This sort of proposition is what logic students call NON SEQUITUR
    – a statement that’s obviously irrelevant to what it intends to prove.

    Tolling is taxation
    and taxation forcibly extracts money from the people’s pockets for use by
    government officials. How does that detriment to the people translate into
    CHANGE by itself? If tax is the CHANGE the APC promised why not put a flat
    90% taxation on all income, profits and dividends? That will be the fastest way
    to bring their CHANGE about, since higher tax can be delivered tomorrow morning
    Frankly, the medocre type of Raji Fashola should not be in government. He doesn’t
    understand what governance involves at all. Taxation is not the purpose of governance.
    Taxation is not CHANGE. More tax is ruinous for a country in recession on all metrics.

    • PolyGon2013

      You are too dumb to understand.

      • Simple!

        KILL ALL YOUR TREASURY THIEVES SO THAT YOU CAN HAVE REST.
        CORRUPTION IS NOT A PERPLEXING PROBLEM BEYOND SOLUTION.
        KILL YOUR TREASURY THIEVES IN NIGERIA AND HAVE PEACE OF MIND.
        THIEVES AND VICTIMS CANNOT LIVE TOGETHER IN PEACE AND UNITY.

        • Otile

          Tell him bro. Many of them are not living in Nigeria, they can’t understand the reality on the ground. Their ideas about life in 9ja are outlandish and unreal.

      • Damilola

        Maybe you’re too dull to read between the lines and see things being done the same way by same people while you seat on your bedbugs chair expecting miracles. The normal taxes you’ve been paying how have they improved the roads you’re plying? The tolls collected in Lekki where is it spent? Grow pass this blind followership plz and let’s move on

        • Proud Yoruba

          The taxes you have been paying as fuel tax is a drop in the bucket for the cost of all 36,000 kilometers of Federal road network in Nigeria, the funds must be supplemented.

          Wrt the Lekki bridge, I understand that was done with a Public-private partnership (PPP), meaning that the State govt signed a contract with a private company to build the bridge without using tax payer’s money, but the contractor pays for everything and then uses the toll fees collected to recover his cost for X many years into the future. So that is where the toll goes.

          • Reason-ability

            It is such a headache talking to people who just have no knowledge of issues they contribute to, and who in their ignorance continue to propagate ignorance and continue to shout the loudest in ignorance. Why anybody would not understand the concept of PPP beggars the brain. What do we really want in this country? A welfare state where we pay nothing and yet enjoy everything from Government? Haba? surely we must pay for something in Nigeria. So much contradiction from the people.

          • Emmanuel Maluba

            My sentiments exactly! Some people are so educated that the only good thing they project is ignorance. You cant beat ignorance out of them.

          • Damilola

            And who owns the company? Your Leader Asiwaju bah? Common stop this ridicule. You even up yourself on this garbage of no shame? Tell me who owns the company and where the money comes from. The TSA implementation how did it end? How did it end up for the company that proclaimed decency returning morning from her supposed decent deal? Remember we’re not alien to this practice? It just stopped couple of yrs back. So did it go? Ain’t we having those same set of individuals then now? We keep doing same thing same way, using same failed heads and we expect a different result? Albert Einstein did not project Nigeria ineptitudeness when he made his case. Otherwise, “same people” would have been added. But who in his right sense would think a Nation can be so brain corrupt that he never checked himself? Gerrahia man!!!

        • goldoun

          To “grow pass this blind followership (sic) … and move on” suggests we get off our hands and DO something

          • Damilola

            “…. and do something” positive and not stuck in a limitation of thought.

    • Daniel Ikwuagwu

      You likely live abroad, and am sure subjected to all manners of taxation, including and not excluding that of your television. How much toll are we talking about here, may be N50 naira per vehicle? If paying such little token will help to reduce the financial strain (REALITY bro) on governance, and they can account for how they spend it to give us better service, what then is the wahala about? We should refrain from castigating other people’s efforts just because we do not agree politically or from the same geographical boundary.

      • Nkpudu

        @Daniel – We had tolls in the past. Why were they abandoned? Because the toll money went to individuals instead of the government. Shine your eyes.

        • Proud Yoruba

          And that us why he is proposing tokens and tickets. You absolutely need tolls because road maintenance must be ongoing and not dependent on Govt. budget, if it is self-funding and the roads are always maintained, commuters will not complain. Better than risking your life for every journey, plus this is only applicable to those who use the roads, not every citizen and so it is not a tax.

        • goldoun

          Agreed. We must have faith. Bring in other people, monitor them and employ technology as the Minister said

        • Daniel Ikwuagwu

          Should we stop keeping our communal wealth in CBN just because bad self imposed, thieving leaders have been plundering the national treasury?

        • Daniel Ikwuagwu

          We must find a way to make people accountable for whatever moneys they collect for our use- simple. We tool have a right to good live and safe roads.

      • Abiboss

        Even if he lives abroad, there is nothing bad to pay toll fees. In Northern California government just completed new bay bridge about two years ago. The old one was ok but there was need to make bigger bridge due to heavy traffic. Citizen paid around $6 that time for few years. Maybe two dollars above regular toll fee. Now the multi billion dollars bridge is completed. Citizens are now paying $4. In northern California, you have to pay toll fees when you cross bridge over the bay. They use the money to maintain those bridges. There is technology that confirms when you pay. Nobody can tamper with it. If you want a fast service, there is opportunity to purchase what we called fastrac. It is prepaid box that you place in your car. In California citizens pay many taxes eg federal, state, local and sales taxes. America cannot survive without taxes. That is the one of the reason they usually seize the properties of the offenders including jail term. Wesley Snipes went to jail because of that.

        • ConScience

          Thank you my brother. why do you all bother to answer the uncivilized people that probably live in civilized worlds where tolls are paid constantly and gleefully but in Africa we are ready to go begging for alms from UN, World Bank, IMF, USAID, DFID, WHO, CHINA, EU, etc yet we cannot ask for some semblance of taxation as long as we require a requisite transparency and accountability for such spending. I am very familiar with the Bay bridge project and i know how much was spent on that one wing of retro fit expansion that is enormous compared to what was spent in Lagos. In addition, any one in Houston familiar with the Beltway will not complain about the tolling as every exit is a toll booth and must be paid. Not to mention the NJ turnpike in New Jersey. Anyone adverse to the tolling policy as a way to increase the revenue opportunities are hypocrites and animals in human skin that desire Nigeria to continue to be backward. It is high time we focused on help within to solve our issues since the last 6 years showed a lack of initiative but a penchant for looting our limited resources. In addition to the tolling policy I pray this new regime to have the political kahunas to rid the Cabals of this oil subsidy. Let the people benefit directly from the National cake and not a few 0.0001% of the population. Time the masses took back the country and not satisfy you leeches and privileged few. Nigeria is for All!!! And yes you can call me a Socialist but I prefer being termed a Nationalist first and a Patriot second!!!

        • Daniel Ikwuagwu

          my bro, that is just my point. Truth is that we all know this but some chose to sneer because of certain petty differences.By the way, its their rights to chose to differ.

      • Emmanuel Maluba

        You cant preach to a self confessed dullard.

    • Truthometer

      Dr. Dullard, indeed you are. Go and get life or seek to abort yourself!

    • Eniola Bibilari

      what? you want a government to create and maintain services without it’s people having to pay tax? how?

  • PolyGon2013

    Right on, my Minister. Sai Fashola.

  • Curseless

    I salute Minister Fashola for his vision, assertiveness, and unwaving sense of purpose. Your antecedent have shown that you are a performer per excellence and this is despite what some naysayers say about you. For those of us in the diaspora who follow closely the ongoing’s back home, you are the gold standard. You set the pace, and others follow. May God grant you endurance and the speed to fulfill this mission.

    • emmanuel

      Where in this globe are you, where $6 million is spent on rehabilitating 1 kilometer of road?
      Praise him very well and let him know that you are almost lost abroad so he can arrange for your return for toll collection and some stealing and money laundering.
      Ole!

  • Words on Marble

    “That apocalypse of 512 billion Naira debt plus mounting compound interest,
    and the mounting Naira now needed to service that Lagos state foreign debt,
    is what Raji Fashola’s governance ignorance has inflicted on the poorish
    Lagosians now living in darkness, with Raji Fashola best able to assure
    only four (4) hours electricity supply per week to Mainland Lagos area
    since he took office without moral or knowledge merits as Nigeria’s
    most unlikely Minister of Power today.”

    • Uncle Gaga (Bruce Wayne)

      We do not know who you are or what you want, but if you insult Lagos and Lagosians again…….we will automatically claim the right to define you (regardless of prevalent circumstances).
      Please, do not wonder whether or not this is a threat. We are simply asking you to refrain from insulting Lagos and Lagosians!

      You can say what you want about the politicians that ruled and are still administering the Lagos Government…. we will sit and analyze your issues. If we find you have a legitimate point (or points) we will re-iterate them.

      However If you insist on insulting Lagosians…..well. lets just hope you don’t!

      (omode o mo ogun, o’nkpe l’efor)……..the kid mistakes medicine for vegetable!

      • Dele Olasope (London)

        @UncleGaga:disqus

        STOP THREATENING AND STOP VERBAL TERRORISM.

        PREMIUM TIMES IS A FORUM OF HIGH CONVERSATION.

        • emmanuel

          The guy still dey collect parking ticket for Oluwole; bunch of Lazy and indolent humans who are usually lead by Village Boys from Neighbouring States.
          The best they do, sell and resell the same land. But this one mama na Fulani (settler from Idi Araba for Lagos.
          Nor mind the maga jare, the money Fashola spent in Lagos was enough to build a Dubai in Nigeria.
          He used an average of $6 million to rehabilitate 1 Kilometer arterial Roads: that man is satanic and fit to be hanged without mercy.

        • goldoun

          “HIGH CONVERSATION”! Sometimes, yes

    • Emmanuel Maluba

      So your state governor supplies electricity to your own state? Wonderful!!!!!

  • Very Proud Oily IZON Redeemer

    I have stated–severally that the only solution to our moving forward in Nigeria, is SEPARATION period. There is no way monkeys and Baboons or rats and cats will be able to reside side by side with each other in the country called Nigeria————When Jonathan tried to initiate the idea of bringing back the toll-gates on our highways, he was shouted down by the Yorubas and Fulanis now advocating the return of the system-Which will surely< be under the control of Tinubu–As it was in Lagos so shall it be in the 6 zones—Nigeria is now the personal property of Tinubu and the Fulanis- Yesterday it was REMITA—–now it is TINUBUTA—-The fight to reduce the INNOCENT voice of Jonathan, on this very troubling issue, were clearly led by the Yorubas under the watchful eyes ati nose of Obj, Tinubu and Bakare—The trouble with Nigeria is that, when the untouchable Fulani elites express an opinion and have it backed by the follow foolow Yorubas in APC-it automatically becomes acceptable to the socalled mumu major tribes in the country—-It is then recasted and reintroduced–as a new concept from the stinking regional soul of the custodians of our resources in the creeks of the Niger Delta—-Tribalism again abi-? na lie it is d truth! This is just another contract for the Apes in APC from the Fulani North–ati the South West–another 419 oil subsidy deal–This time it is not coming from the pot of the IMF–Besides what was Fashola able to do for lagos state—-Nothing–! Animals-

    • Emmanuel Maluba

      This reeks of putrid tribalism!

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  • Jegan

    Even if you remove subsidy and give the money to GEAJ in Otuoke, he will still squander it. Laugh wan kill me ooo!!!

  • Wole Williams

    Dear Editor,

    In a civilized country RAJI FASHOLA would be in jail and receiving one visitor a week.
    Like a monkey in a dense forest Raji Fasola instead jumps from tree to tree in sport.
    His acrobatics are possible only because the trees abut one another, that is all to it.
    Buhari has arranged the trees that way to make a potential prison inmate look good.
    That is why Muhammadu Buhari himself lost a great deal of respect in public space.
    Buhari aided and abetted the stealing of Nigeria under the guise of anti-corruption.

    • 333Cassandra

      RAJI FASOLA EXEMPLIFIES THE PATHOLOGIES OF NIGERIA AS A SICK COUNTRY,
      WHERE A SALARIED EMPLOYEE ALL HIS LIFE – LIKE RAJI FASHOLA – TURNS UP
      AS A MULTI-BILLIONAIRE ON HIS ASSETS FORM (FILED) WITHOUT ANY ARREST.

      • Deedee

        @W.Williams, Do you wonder why Nigeria is bad like this? It’s inevitable.

        Nigeria is a country governed by thieves. I have never heard it in history that

        toll on highway is an economic policy of CHANGE. I have never heard of that.

        It is not even a plan, to talk more of CHANGE. It is platitude, just mere idle talk.

        • emmanuel

          The APC is one very useless party without a single plan, programme or policies.
          Toll Gate for Lekki nko?
          They are blocking leakages with the same features the last administration worked into the system which were already yielding results. Jonathans administration was a type meant for a working nation where changes naturally fell in place he never realised he had to make noise with all the checks they built into the system.
          Today, some inglorious fellows are singing change with such without generating new Ideas.
          The Auto Assembly policy which was meant to translate into manufacturi.g in another three years is already dead, because they want Customs Duty from Tokunbo Cars – Mullam sense!

          • goldoun

            It is Malam,not “Mullam”. Get an education

    • Gandalf

      It is obvious you are not a full blooded Nigerian…you dude. Which country in this world would not be proud to have BRF as a citizen? Come to think of it I suspect you are a member of PDP…Una don lose am.

    • Olamide

      You are just a kill joy…Heaven knows that BRF is a great guy and your PDPig senators can attest to it

    • goldoun

      If you have a case against anybody go to court. I am sure your kids and parents wouldn’t like you being abused

    • Nigeriamovingforward

      Biafraud wailer masquerading as omo yoruba. Keep wailing while we move the country forward.

    • Emmanuel Maluba

      Are you sure you have the energy to wail for another three years? If you cant go to court with sensible facts, wailing will damage your health!

  • emmanuel

    Good plans, who will collect the money? Remita or Alpha Beta? I am sure Fashola and Thiefnubu would even out with this arrangement.
    I see SW Obas calling them for a truce now; so that the National cake can flow down West and Criminality will become na our turn!

    • Olamide

      I have noticed you always want to attention and always not facing facts. What has your comment has to do with the headline.

  • Abdulazeez Oyibo

    Sounds good. Now let’s get to work.

    • Mephistoheles

      exactly sir.
      Dum spiro spero!

  • Omotolaaraujo

    What an amazing development! Why hasn’t anyone thought about tolling before? Fashola has set the bar to new heights this time. WOW, I think this is the kind of innovation we expected from him. I’m on the edge of my seat to hear his next great idea. This a real Game-changer. If you look closely at this photo, his personality seems to jump off of the screen at you. (Sic).

  • ConScience

    Why do you all bother to answer the uncivilized people that probably live in civilized worlds where tolls are paid constantly and gleefully but in Africa we are ready to go begging for alms from UN, World Bank, IMF, USAID, DFID, WHO, CHINA, EU, etc yet we cannot ask for some semblance of taxation as long as we require a requisite transparency and accountability for such spending. I am very familiar with the Bay bridge project connecting San Francisco with Oakland and the East bay cities and I know how much was spent on that one wing of retro fit expansion that is enormous compared to what was spent in Lagos. In addition, any one in Houston familiar with the Beltway will not complain about the tolling as every exit is a toll booth and must be paid. Not to mention the NJ turnpike in New Jersey. Anyone adverse to the tolling policy as a way to increase the revenue opportunities are hypocrites and animals in human skin that desire Nigeria to continue to be backward. It is high time we focused on help within to solve our issues since the last 6 years showed a lack of initiative but a penchant for looting our limited resources. In addition to the tolling policy I pray this new regime to have the political kahunas to rid the Cabals of this oil subsidy. Let the people benefit directly from the National cake and not a few 0.0001% of the population. Time the masses took back the country and not satisfy you leeches and privileged few. Nigeria is for All!!! And yes you can call me a Socialist but I prefer being termed a Nationalist first and a Patriot second!!!

    • eBusinesz

      Oga this analysis is totally out of Place!
      Please ask them to add whatever they require to achieve their so-called resources for road maintenance to Fuel Pump Price!
      Nigerians Say no to toll
      we prefer to pay at the Pumps lets say 1-3Naira/Litre

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  • goldoun

    I wish the Honorable Minister has plans to reduce the number of articulated trucks plying our roads. Let’s hear plans to move bulk on rail.

  • Maria Darego

    The Lagos corruption and stealing model has arrived!!! Put up the toll gates and contract the toll collection to your private company and deduct your percentage at source and smile away to bank, while at the same time shouting at how corrupt other people are!!!! And if you are smart enough to spend a nice portion of what you steal on the media, everyone would sing what a “performer” you are!!!! A man who digs a borehole for 69 million Naira of public funds and gets away with that theft can get away with anything!

    • eBusinesz

      Nigerians Say no to toll
      we prefer to pay at the Pumps lets say 1-3_Naira/Litre

  • Questandquest

    @mariadarego:disqus

    But why did Premium Times not also report RAJI FASHOLA as having also said yesterday that NEPA bills
    to Nigerians will increase and almost double? Because Premium Times did not report that aspect a wrong
    impression is now created that tolling tax on federal roads is an isolated event. Whereas it is not. Tolling
    forms a pattern of Raji Fashola’s crass mentality of plunder. This is a boy who cannot pass public service
    examination but who is being dragged – on purely ISLAMIC credentials – above his level of competence.
    RAJI FASHOLA is an inarticulate mediocre who did not fall within the top ten of any local school he was.
    He was repeating classes even in a nearly sub-standard school, like Birch Freeman that he attended.
    How does anyone expect him to now give what he does not have today? He simply can’t think properly.
    That is the long and the short of it. Raji Fashola conceives society as a cow to be milked by government.
    With that decidedly feudal mentality he fits perfectly into the backwardness of Hausa/Fulani leadership.

    • eBusinesz

      He thinks he is still Lagos governor where people allow govt do anyhow!!!

      • 333cassandra

        @@eBusinesz:disqus

        RAJI FASOLA EXEMPLIFIES THE PATHOLOGIES OF NIGERIA AS A SICK COUNTRY,
        WHERE A SALARIED EMPLOYEE ALL HIS LIFE – LIKE RAJI FASHOLA – TURNS UP
        AS A MULTI-BILLIONAIRE ON HIS ASSETS FORM (FILED) – WITHOUT ANY ARREST.

  • eBusinesz

    Nigerians say no to tollgates
    We prefer to pay at the Pump!!!
    Review the current fuel pricing with all the factors used to calculate it based on the current international price for crude and lets know the correct fuel Pump price, then add 1-3Naira/Litre for road Maintenance
    This change is now oozing Odour!!!

  • Very Proud Oily IZON Redeemer

    I have stated–severally that the only solution to our moving forward in Nigeria, is SEPARATION period. There is no way monkeys and Baboons or rats and cats will be able to reside side by side with each other in Nigeria————When Jonathan tried to initiate the idea of bringing back the toll-gates on our highways he was shouted down by the Yorubas and Fulanis now advocating the return of the system-The fight to reduce the voice of Jonathan on the issue was clearly led by the Yorubas under the watchful eyese ati nose of Tinubu and Bakare—U see the trouble with Nigeria is that when an idea comes from either a Fulani un touchable elite or that of a Yoruba–man it becomes acceptable to the socalled mumu major tribes in the country—-It is remoulded and reintroduced–as a new concept from the stinking regional soul of the custodians of our resources in the creeks of the Niger Delta—-Tribalism again abi-? This is just another contract for the Apes in APC from the Fulani North–ati the South West– Animals-

  • Burning spear

    Jonathan Constructed More Roads Than Any Other Nigerian Leader – Fashola.

    **we have build on the successes recorded by Jonathan’s transformation in the power sector.

    Babatunde Raji Fashola , Nigeria’s Minister for Power, Works and Housing on Tuesday while unveiling his plans praised the achievements of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

    Fashola during his first news conference tagged “Setting the Agenda for Delivering Change” said that Goodluck Jonathan has constructed more roads than any president ever in Nigeria.

    He also acknowledged that the Transformation in the power sector is above 50% and that he would try to build on it.

    Minister of State for Works, Adebayo Adeyeye, also said that Jonathan’s administration has recorded more success in the provision of motorable roads than any other administration in the history of Nigeria.

    Adeyeye, who spoke as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme on Monday, insisted that the Jonathan administration has made considerable progress in the road sector, more than any of the governments that have administered the country.
    According to him, the administration in 2011 had about 4,500 kilometers of fairly motorable roads, just as he explained that today the administration has about 25,000 kilometres of very good roads.

    The Minister concluded by saying that the Muhammadu Buhari’s government will not be constructing new roads in few years, but rather finished some of the on-going road projects acro

  • MushinSpeaks

    Fashola excelled as Lagos State Governor. I got no fear that he will embark on mouth watering projects to ease road users off difficulty in navigating their way. CHANGE is here

  • bikky

    Actually I knew thatnigeria is on its way back to toll gate era,but my concern is that many Nigerians will be triply taxed especially civil servants and salary earners that are paying taxes regularly will be forced to pay in office, pay tollgate and buy fuel at maybe #120/litre while Mama kudi that is selling fish and pepper at obalende will not pay a single kobo and they are making more money than some salary earners that pay regularly, how will the taxpayers benefit in this kind of situations,wouldn’t there be consideration for them, though I know that a lot of benefit is embedded in road concessioning but taxpayers should not be cheated beyond normal Mr Fashola.