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Lagos legislators approve e-tolling

07 May 2014, 09:37

Lagos - Lawmakers in the Lagos House of Assembly have unanimously approved the introduction of electronic tolling at the popular Lekki-Ikoyi link bridge.

The approval followed a request by the State Government to the lawmakers seeking legal backing for the electronic payment system.

The state government had suffered a setback in the management of the link bridge when  a Federal High Court ruled that collection of toll at the newly constructed bridge was illegal.

The state government has however challenged the judgment of the court at the Court of Appeal insisting that tolling on the bridge was part of public private concession agreement it reached with the company the build the bridge.

To further consolidate its position on the matter, the state government forwarded a bill to the lawmakers seeking their accent for electronic tolling on the bridge.

Announcing the decision of the State Assembly, Leader of the House, Ajibayo Adeyeye, said members of the House unanimously consented to the request for electronic tolling system for the bridge.

“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.”

The House leader pointed out that the electronic tolling system would ensure transparency and accountability in the management of funds collected at the bridge.

- CAJ News

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