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The federal government has approved reintroduction of toll gates on federal highways across the country. Naija News 247

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The federal government has approved reintroduction of toll gates on federal highways across the country.

The development comes about 18 years after former President Olusegun Obasanjo dismantled tolls and abolished the scheme, saying it had outlived it’s usefulness and had become a conduit for corruption with negligible revenue to the government

The President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government first announced plans to reintroduce toll fees on Federal Highways in the country in 2019.

The decision for the reintroduction of toll gates on federal highways was taken at Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council meeting held in Abuja, according to Buhari’s media aide, Tolu Ogunlesi.

He said; “One of the highlights of today’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) Meeting (Wednesday, August 11, 2021) is the APPROVAL of a Federal Roads and Bridges Tolling Policy and Regulations.

It has been undergoing development for a while now, and is now finally ready and has been approved by Cabinet”.

He further said that bicycles, tricycles, motorcycles, diplomatic vehicles, military and paramilitary vehicles will be exempted from paying toll fees, while cars, SUVs, private buses, commercial buses, luxury buses and trucks will pay N200, N300, N150 and N500 respectively.

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“Recommended Tolling Fees in the Approved Policy and Regulations are as follows: Cars: N200, SUVs: N300, Private Buses: N300, Commercial Buses: N150

Luxury Buses and Trucks: N500,” Ogunlesi added.

The new policy comes amidst biting inflation across the country and failing economy which he left many Nigerians barely surviving and unable to get affordable food.

Read major highlights of new Tolling policy below:

  1. It will be an Open Tolling system (just like the one that used to be in existence in the country), instead of a Closed Tolling system.

(A Closed Tolling system means that you pay per distance traveled (‘distance-dependent’), while Open Tolling means you pay a fixed/flat rate that is not dependent on distance traveled)

  1. Only dual carriageways owned by the Federal Government will be eligible for tolling by the Federal Government.

(Of the 35,000km of Federal Roads in existence in the country, only 5,050km are dual carriageway).

Federal carriageways that are single, i.e. undivided highways will not be tolled.

The only exceptions here will be some bridges, which are listed in the Policy.

  1. Toll Revenues will be used to maintain the roads and also to repay investors who have invested in building or completing a road under the Highway Development Management Initiative (HDMI).
  2. Electronic Toll Collection and Management systems will be prioritized over Cash systems.
  3. The following will be exempted from Tolling: Bicycles, Tricycles, Motorcycles, Diplomatic vehicles, Military and Paramilitary vehicles.
  4. The Tolling Policy is a broad National framework that will serve as a guide for States and Local Governments who seek to implement their own Tolling Policies.
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(As noted earlier, only about 16% of the total road network in Nigeria belongs to the Federal Government.

States own/control roughly the same amount as the FG, while the rest – amounting to two-thirds are last-mile roads belonging to and under the responsibility of Local Governments).

  1. People who live around Toll Plaza Areas will benefit from what is called ‘Frequent User’ discounts, in line with global best practice.
  2. Recommended Tolling Fees in the Approved Policy and Regulations are as follows:

Cars: N200

SUVs: N300

Private Buses: N300

Commercial Buses: N150

Luxury Buses and Trucks: N500

  1. According to the Honorable Minister, the Federal Highways Act vests the power to toll (Federal Roads) in the Minister responsible for roads, but implementation of any tolling policy/regime involves many processes and multiple agencies, and therefore requires multi-stakeholder collaboration.
  2. According to the Minister, it is important to stress that even with this policy now approved, tolling is not going to start immediately.
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He very clearly said that Tolling will not start “until the roads are motorable.”

This policy is a necessary condition for the implementation of Tolling, and it is now for people to start getting familiar with it and for relevant stakeholders to start using it as a basis for their financial modeling and investment analysis, ahead of the eventual rollout of Toll Plazas.

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PDP stands better chance of winning 2023 presidential election: Atiku

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Atiku Abubakar, flagbearer of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2023 presidential election, says his party stands a good chance of winning.

“The PDP stands the chance to win the presidential election being one of the oldest political parties in the country,” Mr Abubakar told journalists after inaugurating his campaign office in Gombe.

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He said that the party has a huge support base in Gombe State and would leverage on that to ensure victory at the 2023 polls.

He called on PDP supporters in the state to shun campaign of calumny and focus on issue-based campaign so as to attract more supporters.

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Saturday’s visit to Gombe was the third time Mr Abubakar was in the state in 2022 on political overtures.

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U.S. congratulates Nigeria on 62nd Independence anniversary

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U.S. congratulates Nigeria on 62nd Independence anniversary

The United States government has felicitated with Nigeria on her 62nd independence anniversary, reiterating its commitment to help the nation combat terrorism and other forms of insecurity.

A statement by the U.S. secretary of state, Antony Blinken, released on October 1, conveyed the foreign nation’s goodwill.

“On behalf of the United States of America, I extend best wishes to the people of

Nigeria on the 62nd anniversary of their independence,” reads Mr Blinken’s statement.

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“The partnership between our two countries is strong and is built on our shared values

of democracy, diversity, and a spirit of entrepreneurship,” asserted Mr Blinken.

He added that, “The United States is committed to supporting Nigerian efforts to counter terrorism and insecurity, improve health systems, strengthen democratic institutions, promote respect for human rights, and bolster economic growth including through bilateral trade and investment between the United States and Nigeria.”

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With an election year in view, the American government declared its support to help the nation achieve “free and fair elections and value Nigeria’s leadership on global and regional issues including the fight to end the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Mr Blinken asserted further that the U.S. government looked “forward to expanding our relationship over the coming year and advancing our mutual interests.”

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Tinubu appoints Buni Adviser to campaign council

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The presidential flag bearer of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has appointed Yobe Governor Mai Mala Buni as an adviser on party integration and reconciliation of his campaign council.

The appointment of the Chairman of the defunct APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) was contained in a letter with reference number PCC/DC/APPT/Vol.1/27 by the presidential candidate.

The letter reads: “By way of this letter, we are pleased to formally convey your appointment as the Adviser on Party Integration & Reconciliation of the Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council

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“This appointment is fitting and appropriate given your impressive political achievement and the exemplary leadership you have demonstrated as governor of your state and as a party member.

“We are grateful that you have joined our campaign team. We know you will do your utmost in this new responsibility so we conduct an effective, message-driven campaign leading us to victory in the 2023 presidential election.

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“Together, not only can we ensure victory for our party in the February 2023 election but we shall also move Nigeria along the path of national greatness by building on the achievements of our party and the President Muhammadu Buhari administration in providing progressive good governance to Nigerians.”

While wishing Buni God’s guidance, Tinubu congratulated the Chairman of the defunct APC CECPC.

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