By Ay Kehinde
The Lagos State government and the Lekki Concession Company, LCC, owners of the toll gate, have been asked to renew their services and listen to the agitation of the youths before embarking on the reopening of the facility.
Making this request on Sunday, the Lekki Residents and Stakeholders Association, LERSA, frowned at what they described as “Our road experience prior to the October 20th shutdown of the Toll gates, have been hardship and suffering, with the long traffic at the Toll Plazas. A tolled road is supposed to provide a quick, safe and motorable experience, where users will be happy to pay for.”
In a statement signed by the President, Olorogun James Emadoye and Secretary, Gbemi Adelekan, the LERSA called on the LCC to create enabling business environment for business and people in the area and let go arrested protesters.
“Without a doubt, we are the only citizens in Nigeria that are forced to pay toll on a road that is less than 25KM, completed in 14 years.”
They said: “With the poor experience and services at the toll plaza, we are actually paying for inconveniences rather than for convenience as we spend on the average of 20 to 30 minutes on the toll to pay. We affirm therefore by asking for viable alternative roads to the tolled roads, implementation of round figure fees at the toll and immediate improvement of the tolling system technology to guarantee free flow at the Tollgates before commencement of tolling.”
They “appealed for calm from our youths and well-meaning Nigerians, to enable the Government do the needful, by releasing unharmed, the protesters carrying out their civic responsibilities peacefully, while ensuring that the lives and properties of its citizens are protected.”