‘We pay for the inconvenience’, Lekki residents write LCC – Punch Newspapers

Kayode Oyero

While the State Investigation Council in Lagos, which is investigating the alleged killing of #EndSARS protesters by soldiers at a Lekki toll gate, returned the road back to its operators, the Lekki concession company, residents in the area wrote to the LCC to regret the potential return to traffic congestion. toll collection along the axis.

Residents said they pay “inconvenience, not convenience” because they spend about 30 minutes paying tolls due to the “bad experience and services” of the LCC.

This is contained in a statement issued Sunday, jointly signed by Olorogun Emadoye and Gbemi Adelkan, president and secretary general of the Lekki Estates Residents and Stakeholders Association.

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LERSA, which is an association of “over 80 properties and communities” in the area, has therefore tasked the LCC to improve the technology of the billing system to ensure the free flow of traffic before billing begins.

The statement he received PUNCH read in part: “As residents and stakeholders of Lekki and major users of the Lekki Expressway, it is imperative for us to issue this statement on recent developments in our community, especially the security siege and traffic disruption, as a result of a planned protest at Lekki Tollgate yesterday, 13 February 2021

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“We are also asking that the concession company Lekki should create a suitable environment for people and companies along this axis.” Our experience on the roads before the toll gate stopped on October 20 was a hardship and suffering, due to the long traffic on the toll plazas.

“The government, through the LCC, must understand that Operation Toll Gate cannot return to the old ways of trouble for toll ramp users. Without a doubt, we are the only citizens in Nigeria who are forced to pay a toll on a road of 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 collecting tolls.

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“We therefore confirm by seeking sustainable alternative routes for toll roads, the application of round tolls and the immediate improvement of toll system technology to ensure free flow at toll crossings before toll collection begins.

“Our intent with this request to the Government and the LCC is to review and improve services, while listening to the peaceful agitation and concerns of our youth and citizens, before we embark on reopening toll plazas.”