Lekki Toll Collection Latest: Lekki Residents To Mobilise Against Toll Collection

Come Saturday, 17 December, residents of Lekki-Eti-Osa-Epe have vowed to make their feelings known to the Lagos State government on its decision to begin collection of toll on the expressway as from 18 December.

In a statement, the residents have slated the day for a protest march against government decision. According to the organisers, there will be a protest march to the Admiralty Circle Toll Plaza and Chevron Toll Plaza. “We will occupy it and remain there until the government agrees to cancel tolling and fencing,” they added.

The organisers described the Lekki/Eti-Osa Epe Expressway as an existing road. “The original plan was for LCC to build the Coastal Road and toll it. It was abandoned because LCC discovered that it would not be profitable and thus it diverted to the existing expressway. This road was built by the administration of Alhaji Lateef Jakande around 1983 for the free movement of people and goods. LCC should go and build its own road for tolling.

“With the developments that have taken place in the Lekki axis, this road is now a metropolitan road, and cannot qualify for tolling,” the organisers added.

In a letter written to Governor Babatunde Fashola on the issue, Mr. Ebun Adegboruwa listed various legal measures taken by the residents to prevent the government from tolling the expressway. He appealed to the governor to suspend the proposed collection of toll on the expressway.

“Your Excellency, I do humbly urge you to use your good offices to direct a suspension of the proposed collection of toll fee, to await the determination of the pending application for an order of injunction by the Court of Appeal and indeed the appeal already filed,” Adegboruwa stated in his letter to Fashola.

Source: PM News