Wednesday, May 18

Only NASS can approve tollgate – Fashola

Only NASS can approve tollgate – Fashola

Mr. Babatunde Fashola

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, on Wednesday said only the National Assembly has the power to re-introduce toll gates as additional source for funding road maintenance.

Fashola said this while fielding questions at the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum in Abuja.

He said the government had no power to re-introduce toll gates unless the National Assembly gave legislative approval.

“If we have those legislative approvals in parliament, it means that Nigerians have voted for tolls,” the minister said.

Fashola said he would sustain the reform work that the previous administration had commenced on how to fund roads.

He, however, noted that for tolls to achieve its purpose, the existence of secure payment platforms and effective monitoring capacity would be able to prevent leakages.

“Some of the policy documents that I inherited were road sector reform, including how to fund roads.

“It may help Nigerians to decide which way to go.

“In terms of leakages, again, Nigeria has progressed significantly and there is much more capability to monitor such payments.

“There are also many more secure payment platforms.

“Therefore, the integrity trail of the payment to avoid leakage is easier to monitor,’’ Fashola added.

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