BY MONSUR OLOWOOPEJO
LAGOS—Lagos State House of Assembly, yesterday approved the introduction of electronic tolling of Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge, saying the passage of this resolution would serve as legal backing and appropriate maintenance of the Bridge.
It will be recalled that Lagos State Government had secured a judgment at a Federal High court on 24th April for stay of execution of an earlier judgment stopping the tolling of the link bridge.
The Leader of the House, Ajibayo Adeyeye, had at the sitting, read a motion on the floor tagged; “Concession Agreement for Electronic Tolling System of the Lekki-Ikoyi Toll Bridge.”
He said: “That pursuant to section 33 of the Lagos State Public Partnership Law, 2011 this House does resolve to approve the request for the ratification of the Electronic Tolling System Operations and Maintenance; Concession Terms and condition as forwarded by the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Lagos State.”
While urging speedy ratification of the governor’s proposal, the Deputy Speaker, Kolawole Taiwo noted that there had been “a backlog of infrastructural delay in Lagos. This is one of the ways to solve the problems.”
The House leader explained that there were two main benefits associated with the Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge, saying: “It serves dual purposes: apart from being the shortest route to Obalande, it also being used for exercises, going by the level of patronage on the Bridge.”
Contributing, Sanai Agunbiade, Ikorodu I, said the tolling motion had been with the House for a long time, saying since members had been able to do proper assessment over the tolling system, it would be appropriate to give the approval.
“Electronic Tolling System proposal has been with us for a long time. Now that proper assessment had been done, we should give the legislative approval to make it more functional,” Agunbiade said.
Similarly, Funmilayo Tejuoso, representing Mushin I constituency, said the tolling system would ensure proper maintenance of infrastructure, adding that the huge amount of money expended over the bridge should not be put to waste.
Another member, Rotimi Olowo, maintained that the electronic tolling system would ensure transparency and accountability; saying members should give the approval to enhance more development in the state.