The Center for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership, CACOL, has decried the Federal Executive’s proposition for the reintroduction of toll gates to bridge funding gaps for side road repairs.
In a delivery 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 said said when he scrapped toll gates on our highways nation-broad unhurried in 2003 and applied on 1st of January, 2004, to the pause that they (The toll-gates) had not only outlived their usefulness and constituted disaster to motorists, however also inspired corruption.
That assert of dismantling the toll-gates all the scheme throughout the nation, reportedly price Federal Executive over N2bn (Two Billion Naira) tax payers’ cash.
We therefore wonders how grand of further tax payers’ funds that ordinarily must always be frail in easing their contemporary socioeconomic problems, namely their suffering of traveling by those roads that have been in aged enlighten for lengthy by giving them free gasoline vouchers for his or her endurance, in role of further extorting them.
“The truth of the subject is that tolling components second or third taxation on the electorate because the roads are being repaired and rehabilitated from the pool of tax already contributed by same electorate, a technique or the many whereas the rate payable on rate added tax ( VAT) on all items and products and services within the nation has only of up to the moment, being proposed for an enhance from five (5) percent to seven level two (7.2) percent.
What this clearly reveals in this day’s Nigeria is the incontrovertible truth that, ‘the beautiful ones are but to be born’ thus some distance as leadership that addresses the suffering and frustration of majority Nigerians is anxious.
But some of us at some stage within the Civil Society circle usually are not altogether surprised by the direction of that gave birth to an final result of this debilitating and anti-glum coverage being vigorously pursued by a identified hater of the glum and a pseudo-Capitalist!
“In retrospect, here’s a Minister of Works, who for four (4) superintended over the degeneration and degradation of the roads and became only looking ahead to the lawful alternative to impose extra hardship on the americans like he did when presided over the affairs of Lagos enlighten.
As one more of him to toughen and extend the present infrastructure in Lagos to accommodate the mega inhabitants that conferred the enlighten of megacity on that enlighten, he began to place into effect policies and functions that would per chance without problems frustrate the glum out of the enlighten. Now that we must always guide Nigerians that had either been pissed off some distance off places or made to commit suicide or taken to criminality to have a rethink and be part of within the job of positively rebuilding the nation, it is when the Minister of Works desires to compound their woes.
The anti-corruption organization Boss added, “Aside the time, nay, man-hours and sources wasted at toll gates as we now have it on Lekki side road in Lagos; the queue at the plazas portend grave hazard to existence and property of side road users as such bottlenecks is likely to be liable to devastating side road accidents, namely with gasoline tankers or assaults by terrorists and insurgents.
The Federal Executive under President Muhammadu Buhari must always also devise one scheme of sampling the realizing of pause-users or those at the receiving pause of any controversial authorities coverage sooner than lastly deciding to place into effect them.
That is the hallmark of what constitutes righteous democracy. This apply became even subsisting under the navy regime as electorate got the alternative to discuss the desirability or otherwise of IMF loan / SAP and their conditionality which lastly led to rejection of the loan. ”