LAGOS — Lekki Concession Company Limited, LCC, the concessionaire handling the upgrading and expansion of the Lekki-Epe Expressway project, Lagos, yesterday, said, it has not started collecting fees at its second plaze at Ajah area on the road, contrary to media report.
The company in a statement, said: “Following the successful completion of road Section 2 of the newly upgraded and expanded 49.4-kilometre expressway, LCC, the concessionaire, had announced the formal opening of that road section, which includes Conservation Plaza, the second Toll Plaza on the expressway.
“Motorists, however, are not being charged any tolls for using that section of the road. Road Section Two covers kilometres six to 15 of the expressway, that is, from Marwa Bus Stop to near Ikota Bridge, and has been certified as substantially completed by the independent engineer.
“Motorists are already enjoying the benefits and convenience services offered by LCC on that section of the road, although road users are currently not being charged tolls for using it.”
According to Mr Opuiyo Oforiokuma, Managing Director/CEO of LCC, “these milestones were among a number of positive initiatives being taken by LCC to make commuting on the Lekki axis more convenient and pleasurable for users of the expressway, which has been adjudged as a world-class piece of modern infrastructure comparable with roads in more developed countries around the world.”
“It is our constant preoccupation at LCC to ensure that users of the Lekki-Epe Expressway have a good driving experience each time they use the road. Our intent is for every single user of the expressway to make his or her journeys through the Lekki axis as conveniently and pleasurably as possible. We are therefore pleased to intimate our various stakeholders of these new developments,” he said.
He added, ‘’Our not charging tolls for now is in keeping with a Lagos State directive for tolls not to be charged on any road section where Lagos State has not yet provided the alternative route to enable road users that do not wish to pay tolls, bypass the toll plaza situated in that road section. So, this directive is applicable to the Conservation Plaza as well.’
“On the provision of additional eTag lanes, he said ‘’LCC’s strategy from the outset has always been to increase the number of lanes dedicated to eTag users as more road users take up the electronic payment option. In this way, we have planned to optimize road users’ convenience as they pass through the toll plaza, and to minimize the build-up of queues,’’ he added.