Residents of the estate around Lekki, under the auspices of the Lekki Estates Residents and Stakeholders Association, have given the Government of Lagos and the Lekki concession company, the Lekki / Epe motorway managers, the conditions to reopen the Lekki toll ramp.
In a statement Monday, the association called on the state government and road managers to provide sustainable alternative roads to toll roads, introduce round toll charges and immediately improve toll system technology to guarantee free flow at toll gates before tolls begin.
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The statement was signed by Mr. Olorogun Emadoye and Mr. Gbemi Adelqan, President and Secretary General of the Association.
The association noted that its members were victims of insecurity and obstruction of movement #EndSARS protests in October, which led to the destruction and eventual closure of the toll ramp, and Saturday’s protest against the order to reopen it.
“Our travel experience before the toll doors closed on October 20 was an experience of hardship and suffering, with long traffic at toll plazas. A toll road should provide a fast, safe and mobile experience, where users will be happy to pay.
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“Without a doubt, we are the only citizens in Nigeria who are forced to pay tolls on a road less than 25 km, completed in 14 years. With a bad experience and services at toll plazas, we actually pay for inconveniences, not benefits, because we spend an average of 20 to 30 minutes. Therefore, we are looking for sustainable alternative routes for toll roads, the application of round tolls and the immediate improvement of toll system technology to guarantee free flow at toll crossings before tolls begin, ”the statement said.
While appealing for restraint among angry youth, the association called on the government to allow free expression of dissatisfaction in a way that guarantees the protection of life and property.
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