The Center for Anti-Corruption and Inaugurate Management, CACOL, has decried the Federal Govt’s proposition for the reintroduction of toll gates to bridge funding gaps for avenue repairs.
In a launch by CACOL’s Govt Chairman, Debo Adeniran and issued by Adegboyega Otunuga, the Coordinator of CACOL’s Media and Publications, he remarked, “We recollect what the then President Olusegun Obasanjo’s acknowledged acknowledged when he scrapped toll gates on our highways nation-extensive uninteresting in 2003 and utilized on 1st of January, 2004, to the derive that they (The toll-gates) had not most efficient outlived their usefulness and constituted disaster to motorists, but additionally encouraged corruption.
That exercise of dismantling the toll-gates all the device via the country, reportedly imprint Federal Govt over N2bn (Two Billion Naira) tax payers’ money.
We therefore wonders how powerful of extra tax payers’ funds that ordinarily must be oldschool in easing their original socioeconomic issues, particularly their suffering of traveling by these roads that were in ancient snarl for long by giving them free gas vouchers for their endurance, in desire to extra extorting them.
“The truth of the topic is that tolling manner second or third taxation on the voters as the roads are being repaired and rehabilitated from the pool of tax already contributed by identical voters, one manner or the assorted whereas the charge payable on imprint added tax ( VAT) on all items and companies and products in the country has most efficient of recent, being proposed for an magnify from five (5) percent to seven level two (7.2) percent.
What this clearly reveals in as of late’s Nigeria is the truth that, ‘the barely ones are yet to be born’ as a ways as leadership that addresses the suffering and frustration of majority Nigerians is concerned.
Nonetheless about a of us throughout the Civil Society circle are not altogether bowled over by the job that gave beginning to an of this debilitating and anti-wretched policy being vigorously pursued by a identified hater of the wretched and a pseudo-Capitalist!
“In retrospect, right here is a Minister of Works, who for four (4) years superintended over the degeneration and degradation of the roads and became most efficient awaiting the agreeable opportunity to impose extra hardship on the folk like he did when presided over the affairs of Lagos snarl.
In location of him to enhance and magnify the original infrastructure in Lagos to accommodate the mega inhabitants that conferred the station of megacity on that snarl, he began to place in force insurance policies and applications that would maybe per chance without problems frustrate the wretched out of the snarl. Now that we ought to manual Nigerians that had either been pissed off out of the country or made to commit suicide or taken to criminality to derive a rethink and join in the assignment of positively rebuilding the country, it’s when the Minister of Works desires to compound their woes.
The anti-corruption group Boss added, “Aside the time, nay, man-hours and sources wasted at toll gates as we have got it on Lekki avenue in Lagos; the queue at the plazas portend grave effort to life and property of avenue customers as such bottlenecks would maybe per chance be liable to devastating avenue accidents, particularly with gas tankers or attacks by terrorists and insurgents.
The Federal Govt below President Muhammadu Buhari must additionally devise a ability of sampling the idea of stop-customers or these at the receiving stop of any controversial executive policy sooner than at closing deciding to place in force them.
This is the hallmark of what constitutes honorable democracy. This practice became even subsisting below the militia regime as voters were given the chance to chat about the desirability or in any other case of IMF mortgage / SAP and their conditionality which at closing resulted in rejection of the mortgage. ”