Abuja - The House of Representatives on Thursday rejected a motion to re-introduce toll gates on roads.
Rejecting the motion sponsored by Rep Francis Charles Uduyok (PDP, A/Ibom), the House said Nigerians should not be subjected to another form of hardship, considering the current economic recession.
The lawmaker in a motion said Nigerian roads, especially those owned by the federal government were in dilapidated conditions, thus giving rise to the need for toll gates to help in maintenance and construction of inter-state roads.
The House had on Wednesday started moves to end kidnappings on the Abuja-Kaduna highway.
It mandated its committees on police affairs and the army to interface with the relevant security agencies to urgently address the matter.
Adopting a motion by Rep Muhammad Usman (APC, Kaduna), the House said that the Abuja-Kaduna highway had become a den of kidnappers.
Leading the debate on the motion, Rep Usman said despite the busy nature of the road, criminals, gangsters and kidnappers had developed courage to operate on it daily.
Apart from armed robbery attacks, he said, killings and kidnappings had become frequent on the road both and night. He said the kidnappings had terrible socio-political consequences in and outside Nigeria, adding that travellers were being exposed to uncertainties on the road.
Contributing, Rep Bashir Baballe (APC, Kano), said if the trend was not urgently checked, people would no longer be able to travel in most parts of the country.
The motion was unanimously adopted and referred to the two committees.
- News 24