Saturday, 17 December 2011

Tension and Compression as angry Lagos residents in Nigeria protest against toll collection

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It is just been reported that disappointed government supporters in Lagos state, Nigeria are out in masses to protest against the toll collection. Our correspondent in Nigeria explained further that people are out to show their frustration against the government and chanting different song of disappointments in the proposed toll collection. This is contrary to the governments earlier promises, an angry resident said on a telephone interview with naijaimpression's correspondent in Nigeria. This is coming amidst the economic recession, unemployment, poverty, religious crises, fuel subsidy saga etc. at increase in the oil rich, giant of Africa- over populated country. 

A popular newspaper in Nigeria Vanguard just reported that;
With just two days to the planned commencement of tolls collection at Admiralty Circle plaza on the ever-busy Lekki –Eti-Osa Expressway, palpable anxiety is already being generated in the area as residents of Eti-Osa, Epe and Ibeju-Lekki have vowed to resist the move.
Messrs Lekki Concession Company Limited LCC, the concessionaire handling the expansion of the 49 kilometre road, had early this month, announced December 18, as the new date for the commencement of tolls collection on the road. The company hinged its decision to begin tolls collection on the first toll plaza on its provision of alternative routes to motorists who may not be favourably disposed to the payment of toll.
The decision which is coming barely one year after the Babatunde Fashola led government suspended the initial move to toll the road, was immediately resisted by the residents and other stakeholders.
The Lekki-Epe axis houses both the highbrow and poor segments of the Lagos population.  The reality on ground is that majority of the residents of Lekki-Epe corridor are the struggling masses – farmers,  fishermen and labourers.
The decision to single out that area of Lagos for a Public Private Partnership PPP, and the length of time granted to the concessionaire (Lekki Concession Company Limited, LCC) to recoup their money, have been faulted by many concerned Lagosians. They are not comfortable with the contents of the agreement between the Government and LCC, the rate of construction of the road and the haste with the  company wants to commence collecting tolls.
Residents kick, plan 10,000 man march
Already, community leaders from Lekki are threatening to mobilise over 10,000 aggrieved protesters in 73 estates in Lekki, Etiosa and Ibeju lekki to block the road should the LCC go ahead with the plan.
what is your view on all this? Do you want the toll collection or not?  what are the benefits of this proposed change? Send your comments to be published to the world?

1 comment:

  1. why is the Government doing this to the poor people?

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