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Lawyer sues govt, LCC over Lekki-Epe road

By Innocent Anaba

Lagos lawyer, Mr  Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, has dragged the Lekki Concession Company Ltd, LCC, and Lagos State Government, before a Lagos High Court, praying the court to restrain them from collecting toll, tariff or any such levy from him (Ebun-Olu) or any other person for the purpose of granting access to and use of any portion of the Lekki-Epe Expressway, Lagos, which is under going expansion.

LCC is adding an additional lane to the two-lane expressway and has started a test-run toll collection on the Mega toll plaza it built close to the Lekki Phase 1 area, on the expressway.

It will be recalled that residents of Lekki area have been at loggerhead with the state government, over the test run of toll collections on the road, which is still undergoing expansion.

Also joined as defendants in the suit are the Lagos State government, Lagos State Works Management Board,   Attorney-General of Lagos State and Eti-Osa Local Government Area of the state.

Demands

Mr Adegboruwa, is praying the court to determine “whether under the 1999, African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Lagos State Works Management Board Law, Land Development (Provision for Roads) Law and other prevailing statutes, Lagos State government is entitled to abdicate its statutory responsibility of providing road and other infrastructures for its
citizens to private individuals and companies, purely for profit.

* Whether the concession by the Lagos State government, of building of public infrastructure, such as roads, to private companies, purely for profit, is legal and justifiable or is consistent with the 1999 Constitution, African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and other prevailing statutes.

* Whether if and when the Lagos State government enters into a concession agreement with any entity, in particular LCC,  for the construction of roads and other infrastructure, the applicant and other citizens of Lagos State are not entitled to free access to and use of such roads and infrastructure without payment of any fee whatsoever.

No date has been fixed for the hearing of the suit.


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