By OLASUNKANMI AKONI
LAGOS – A human rights group, Human Rights Defenders Network HURIDEN, has charged Lagos State Government to suspend tolling on Lekki- Epe Expressway and conduct a plebiscite to determine whether Lagosians want it or not.
The group also called on Governor Babatunde Fashola to, as a matter of urgency, reverse the “too exorbitant” and oppressive Lagos State University, LASU, fees in the public interest.
Chairman of HURIDEN, Mr. Ayodele Akele, who spoke at a briefing at the Secretariat of Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Lagos chapter, Ikeja, added that it was more honourable for the government to listen to the people, who voted for him if he claimed to be a democrat.
He said: “We want immediate suspension of the tolls until a plebiscite is conducted by an independent body as to whether Lagos residents want it or not. If Lagos residents say no to tolling, how can you insist on such?
”The only wise option is to subject such policy to a plebiscite. Was there ever a public hearing on the desirability or otherwise of the policy? This is a battle Fashola and his godfather cannot win. in the final analysis.”
Akele said that it was still more honourable now for Fashola to bow to the wishes and the voice of the people, which is the voice of God before his government was isolated by the same people, who purportedly voted them into office.
He said: “If the 500 per cent increase in LASU fees is not enough insult on Lagosians, Governor Fashola also again dared Lagosians by imposing toll payment on Admiralty Way, Lekki corridor, the only link road/ access to several residential accommodations opened up and constructed by Alhaji Lateef Jakande administration.”