The Government of Ekiti and Ondo States have secured Buhari led Federal Government’s approval to reconstruct and toll Akure-Ikere road.
This was disclosed via the Twitter account of the Ekiti state government on Friday.
The approval was secured by the governments of Ekiti and Ondo states, led by Kayode Fayemi and Rotimi Akeredolu respectively.
The Federal Government had earlier hinted on its plan to reintroduce toll gates, fifteen years after the administration of ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo scrapped them.
Reacting to the announcement, some Nigerians on Twitter encouraged the federal government to adopt the same approach in ensuring the rehabilitation of roads across the country, while some users condemned the decision to toll the road.
A user wrote “@tundefashola this is what should happen on our all federal roads, let not deceive ourselves, FG lacks capacity to maintain all the Federal roads in Nigeria @kfayemi,@RotimiAkeredolu please ensure the reconstruction is world class -dual carriage possibly.”
“As laudable as it sounds, please fix the road first before talking about tolls. What actual dividend can Nigerians get from APC without paying through the nose? And I hope its not a campaign gimmick to get Aketi reelected…,” another user tweeted.
Newsflash247 gathered that Akure – Ikere road has been in bad shape since time immemorial especially the Ondo state axis.
Ondo state government refused the proposal for the joint renovation of Akere – Ikere road by the then governor of Ekiti state Ayo Fayose; now they want to effect toll gate on this road.
One of the drivers who pass-by the road, Mr Ajayi Jegede said the erection of toll gate on Akure -Ikere road will not guarantee the maintenance and the standard of the road because the revenue generated will the squandered by these unscrupulous individuals as we all know.
Also, one the passengers who always route the road said the erection of the toll gate will put strain on commuters because the union of drivers will increase the transport fare which is already outrageous at N800 for a journey less than an hour.
The Federal Government should take responsibility for what they are constituted to do and not try to dodge it every now and then.
They are responsible to maintain inter state roads and billions of naira are allocated every year to do this.
They should sit up and do their fucking job. Just check the federal roads in the country especially the South East and you will know these people are just crooks swimming in the pool of corruption.