The Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Management, CACOL, has decried the Federal Authorities’s proposition for the reintroduction of toll gates to bridge funding gaps for highway repairs.
In a launch by CACOL’s Govt Chairman, Debo Adeniran and issued by Adegboyega Otunuga, the Coordinator of CACOL’s Media and Publications, he remarked, “We recollect what the then President Olusegun Obasanjo’s regime acknowledged when he scrapped toll gates on our highways nation-wide late in 2003 and carried out on 1st of January, 2004, to the impact that they (The toll-gates) had not solely outlived their usefulness and constituted inconvenience to motorists, but additionally inspired corruption.
That train of dismantling the toll-gates throughout the nation, reportedly price Federal Authorities over N2bn (Two Billion Naira) tax payers’ cash.
We due to this fact wonders how a lot of extra tax payers’ funds that ordinarily ought to be utilized in easing their present socioeconomic issues, particularly their struggling of travelling by these roads that had been in dilapidated state for lengthy by giving them free gasoline vouchers for his or her endurance, reasonably than additional extorting them.
“The very fact of the matter is that tolling means second or third taxation on the residents because the roads are being repaired and rehabilitated from the pool of tax already contributed by similar residents, come what may whereas the speed payable on worth added tax (VAT) on all items and providers within the nation has solely of latest, being proposed for a rise from 5 (5) % to seven level two (7.2) %.
What this clearly exhibits in right this moment’s Nigeria is the truth that, ‘the attractive ones are but to be born’ so far as management that addresses the struggling and frustration of majority Nigerians is anxious.
However a few of us throughout the Civil Society circle should not altogether stunned by the method that gave start to an final result of this debilitating and anti-poor coverage being vigorously pursued by a identified hater of the poor and a pseudo-Capitalist!
“On reflection, here’s a Minister of Works, who for 4 (four) years superintended over the degeneration and degradation of the roads and was solely ready for the precise alternative to impose extra hardship on the folks like he did when presided over the affairs of Lagos state.
As an alternative of him to improve and increase the prevailing infrastructure in Lagos to accommodate the mega inhabitants that conferred the standing of megacity on that state, he began to implement insurance policies and programmes that will simply frustrate the poor out of the state. Now that we ought to steer Nigerians that had both been annoyed in a foreign country or made to commit suicide or taken to criminality to have a rethink and be part of within the process of positively rebuilding the nation, it’s when the Minister of Works needs to compound their woes.
The anti-corruption group Boss added, “Apart the time, nay, man-hours and sources wasted at toll gates as now we have it on Lekki highway in Lagos; the queue on the plazas portend grave hazard to life and property of highway customers as such bottlenecks might be liable to devastating highway accidents, particularly with gasoline tankers or assaults by terrorists and insurgents.
The Federal Authorities beneath President Muhammadu Buhari also needs to devise a method of sampling the opinion of end-users or these on the receiving finish of any controversial authorities coverage earlier than lastly deciding to implement them.
That is the hallmark of what constitutes real democracy. This observe was even subsisting beneath the navy regime as residents got the chance to debate the desirability or in any other case of IMF mortgage/ SAP and their conditionality which finally led to rejection of the mortgage.”