BY OLASUNKANMI AKONI
IMMEDIATELY the Lekki Concession Company Limited, LCCI, announced its intention to commence a user based tolling at the 2nd Toll plaza on the Eti-Osa Lekki-Epe Expressway by midnight, December 16th, this year, members of the public rose in strong condemnation of the move describing it as “anti-masses.”
So, when the state government and LCC jointly deferred, until further notice, the scheduled commencement of tolling at the said toll plaza, there was not much cheers from the public.
According to one of the residents of Ajah, Mr Kenneth Johnson, the government should not be hailed for the suspension because in the first place the decision was unpopular.
“We are not fascinated by the suspension because it’s a temporal measure what we are agitating for is an affordable fare or better still no tolling at all. We are suffering on this axis, because majority of residents along this axis are paupers. So the government should be thinking about total cancellation of tolling.”
Earlier some residents, after a tour of the 2nd Lekki tollgate and the alternative route, said that with the downturn of economic activities within the state the alternative route can only be likened to the road from Jerusalem to Jericho where even a Good Samaritan could be ambushed from the nearby bush, particularly in the wee hours.
The final position of the group then was that; “The burden of movement with the Eti-Osa Local government area axis should be a huge concern for any government and political party that cares for its people and demanded for immediate suspension and review of tolling.”
Following strong opposition and condemnation by members of the public, the Lagos state government, last weekend, after an emergency meeting announced the suspension of the proposed introduction of toll on the Lekki-Epe Expressway second gate, earlier scheduled to commence last Sunday, December 16, 2012.
Ayo Gbeleyi, Special Adviser/Director-General Office of Public-Private Partnerships and the Acting Managing Director, Lekki Concession Company Limited, LCCI, Mr. Mike Edington., after a marathon meeting with Governor Babatunde Fashola at the state House, Marina announced the indefinite suspension.