… LCC records over N2.5 billion are lost from October 20, 2020 to February 13, 2021 – MD
… Residents of Lekki Estate state the conditions for reopening
Written by Olasunkanmi Akoni
The governor of the state of Lagos, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has instructed State Commissioner of Police Hakeem Odumosu to launch an investigation into the harassment of some protesters arrested during a protest last Saturday in Lekki Tollgate.
Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, revealed this yesterday, in a media salon, organized by the Management Board of Lekki Concession Company, LCC, headed by its CEO, Mr. Yomi Omomuwasan, to clarify some controversial media reports, held at Ikeja GRA, Lagos.
The stifled protest was organized by some aggrieved groups to protest the reopening of the toll booth as ordered by the Trial Chamber due to the #EndSARS protest on October 20, 2020 and other alleged police brutality in the state.
Recall that 40 protesters, including comedian Debo Adebayo, popularly known as Mr. Macaroni, were arrested and arranged by a court in Lagos at the premises of the CID Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, before their bail was imposed.
In addition to the arrests, protesters were allegedly subjected to harassment and confiscation of their personal phones, cameras and personal belongings.
Speaking to reporters about the alleged harassment of some protesters last Saturday, Omotoso said the governor had ordered the KP to launch an investigation into the harassment of some protesters with the aim of prosecuting and punishing any police officer found guilty.
His words: “Mr. Governor is dissatisfied with the situation and has ordered the KP to find the culprits and ensure that justice is served in accordance with the relevant rules of the Nigerian police.
“The governor cannot stand and watch the residents brutally by the police. It is a great shame for the state government. This will not be approved. “
Earlier, Omomuwasan expressed regret that some people used fake news to misinform Nigerians about the company’s ownership and incite public sentiment against its return to business.
Expressing condolences to Nigerians who suffered one or another loss during the protest, he stressed that continuing to punish the LCC whose facility was forcibly taken over by protesters for anything that happened on October 20, 2020 would be doubly “sad” for the company.
Omomuwasan explained that the company’s return to operation has a negative impact on LCC’s existing loans to local and international lenders, road maintenance, its ancillary services and most importantly, the well-being of over 500 employees, mostly young people, some of whom were at home. since the October incident.
He revealed that on December 31, 2011, the LCC owed N23.9 billion and 49.6 million dollars to local and foreign lenders. However, he lamented that the violent takeover of Tollgate by the #ENDSARS protesters and its subsequent destruction affected his ability to provide services. their debts. “From October 20, 2020 to February 13, 2021, we lost over N2.5 billion in terms of damages and losses.
According to Omomuwasan, “As of January 31, 2021, the outstanding debts of local lenders range in the region from N11.6 billion and from foreign lenders $ 31.1 million, with a difference in the amount the LCC has paid to lenders so far. Prior to the #ENDSARS protest, the LCC continued to meet with servicing its lending obligations without delay to lenders.
“However, since the beginning of the #ENDSARS protest, the violent takeover of the Admiralty Circle Toll Plaza and the unfortunate incident on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, we have had to repeatedly advocate a moratorium with our local and international lenders.
“It was impossible to meet our loan repayment obligations – and obligations to our workers – given our inability to collect tolls, the main source of revenue from which repayments were expected to come.”
Residents of Lekki Estate state the conditions for reopening
Meanwhile, residents of the estate around Lekki, under the auspices of the Lekki Estates Residents and Stakeholders Association (LERSA), have given the Government and LCC the conditions to reopen Lekki tolls.
The conditions are contained in a press release issued by the association, and consists of over 80 properties and communities.
In a statement by Olorogun James Emadoye and Mr. Gbemi Adelane, President of LERSA, or Secretary General, residents asked the state government and the LCC to provide sustainable alternative roads to toll roads, introduce round toll figures and immediately improve toll system technology that guarantees free flow at toll plazas before toll collection begins. .
While appealing to restraint among angry youth, LERSA 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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