Nigeria to reintroduce weigh bridges – Fashola

3rd Mainland Bridge
3rd Mainland Bridge

The Minster of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, said on Tuesday that the Federal Government would reintroduce the use of weigh bridges on the nation’s highways.

Mr. Fashola made the disclosure while answering questions from journalists at the ongoing Made in Nigeria (MAIN) Summit 2016 at the Eko Atlantic City in Lagos.

The minister said that currently, the weigh bridges were not working optimally.

He, however, said government was repairing some of them and targeting making the roads motorable as the use of the weigh bridges would be subsequently enforced.

“The bridges are not in optimum use, but we are rehabilitating and re-installing some.

“You will see increased regulatory compliance on the roads as they return to motorable quality,” Mr. Fashola said.

Responding to the issue of re-introduction of toll gates, and financing of road projects, he said that it was an issue that had to be decided by Nigerians.

He said that tolling alone will not be able to finance road maintenance because of traffic variation on different routes.

“If you toll, it is usually best practice to provide an alternative route and therefore, depending on how heavy the traffic is, people may choose to use the longer route in order to save money,” he said;

He explained that federal legislators were working on a bill that would “give some legislative framework for tolling.’’

Mr. Fashola added that government had begun creation of a road maintenance plan that targeted creation of jobs and business opportunities for small businesses, artisan and other professionals in the construction industry.



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  • Spoken word

    BRF always brilliant

  • Rommel

    This bridge is testament to IBB’s time in government,what did president Jonathan do with his billions?

    • LionHeart

      What did Buhari do when he was a Dictator in 1984? What happened to 2.8 billion naira of missing oil money in 1977 when Buhari was Petroleum minister? If we keep looking back we will never move forward.

      • Amir

        Everywhere you go you find miscreants abandoned online by the Otuoke thieving emperor. You are next in line for mental diagnosis.

        • LionHeart

          I can see you hate the truth. There is no past Nigerian President including Buhari that have not stolen from the national cake, you can ask IBB and OBJ.

          OBJ, Buhari, IBB, Abacha, Abdulsalami, GEJ have all stolen, but we need to forget about the past and focus on the future. It is people like you that won’t move on from the past that are dragging Nigeria backwards. The blame game!

  • EOkeh

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