The Lagos State House of Assembly on Tuesday approved electronic tolling of the Lekki-Ikoyi bridge to ensure appropriate maintenance of the bridge. Mr Ajibayo Adeyeye, the Leader of the House, at the plenary, read a motion on “Concession Agreement for Electronic Tolling System (ETS) of the Lekki-Ikoyi Toll Bridge”.
Adeyeye said the motion was in pursuant to Section 33 of the Lagos State Public Partnership Law, 2011. Mr Taiwo Kolawole, the Deputy Speaker, said that there had been “a backlog of infrastructural delay in Lagos.”
Kolawole said that there were two main benefits associated with the Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge.
This is one of the ways to solve the problems. It serves dual purposes, apart from being the shortest route to Obalande, it also being used for exercises going by the level of patronage on the bridge,” he said.
Mr Sanai Agunbiade (APC- Ikorodu I) said since members had been able to do proper assessment over the tolling system, it was appropriate to give the approval.
Electronic Tolling System proposal has been with us for a long time.
Now that proper assessment had been done, we should give the legislative approval to make it more functional,” Agunbiade said. Mrs Funmilayo Tejuoso (APC- Mushin I) said the tolling system would ensure proper maintenance of the infrastructure.
Mr Rotimi Olowo (APC-Shomolu I) said that the electronic tolling system would ensure transparency and accountability. Olowo advised that members should give the approval to enhance more developments in the state. Olowo said that the bridge was rated one of the best in the West and required adequate maintenance in the interest of the users. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the House in its resolution approved the electronic tolling of the bridge. (NAN)