The Center for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership, CACOL, has decried the Federal Authorities’s proposition for the reintroduction of toll gates to bridge funding gaps for boulevard repairs.
In a open by CACOL’s Executive Chairman, Debo Adeniran and issued by Adegboyega Otunuga, the Coordinator of CACOL’s Media and Publications, he remarked, “We recollect what the then President Olusegun Obasanjo’s acknowledged acknowledged when he scrapped toll gates on our highways nation-large gradual in 2003 and applied on 1st of January, 2004, to the elevate out that they (The toll-gates) had now not finest outlived their usefulness and constituted pains to motorists, but additionally inspired corruption.
That convey of dismantling the toll-gates across the nation, reportedly price Federal Authorities over N2bn (Two Billion Naira) tax payers’ cash.
We due to the this reality wonders how remarkable of extra tax payers’ funds that ordinarily have to silent be feeble in easing their original socioeconomic issues, especially their suffering of touring by these roads that have been in feeble voice for long by giving them free gasoline vouchers for their patience, in deserve to extra extorting them.
“The reality of the matter is that tolling formulation second or third taxation on the electorate because the roads are being repaired and rehabilitated from the pool of tax already contributed by comparable electorate, a technique or the opposite whereas the payment payable on price added tax ( VAT) on all goods and providers and products within the nation has finest of fresh, being proposed for an amplify from five (5) p.c to seven level two (7.2) p.c.
What this clearly shows in lately’s Nigeria is the reality that, ‘the gorgeous ones are but to be born’ as a long way as leadership that addresses the suffering and frustration of majority Nigerians is anxious.
But some of us within the Civil Society circle are now not altogether vastly greatly surprised by the plot that gave initiating to an outcome of this debilitating and anti-depressed policy being vigorously pursued by a known hater of the depressed and a pseudo-Capitalist!
“Looking out back, right here’s a Minister of Works, who for four (4) superintended over the degeneration and degradation of the roads and turned into as soon as finest ready for the lawful change to impose more hardship on the of us like he did when presided over the affairs of Lagos voice.
As a change of him to present a procure to and amplify the gift infrastructure in Lagos to accommodate the mega inhabitants that conferred the space of megacity on that voice, he began to implement insurance policies and applications that would easily frustrate the depressed out of the voice. Now that we ought to persuade Nigerians that had both been pissed off in a international nation or made to commit suicide or taken to criminality to have a rethink and be part of within the process of positively rebuilding the nation, it’s when the Minister of Works needs to compound their woes.
The anti-corruption organization Boss added, “Aside the time, nay, man-hours and resources wasted at toll gates as we have it on Lekki boulevard in Lagos; the queue at the plazas portend grave hazard to existence and property of boulevard customers as such bottlenecks have a propensity to devastating boulevard accidents, especially with gasoline tankers or assaults by terrorists and insurgents.
The Federal Authorities under President Muhammadu Buhari have to silent additionally devise a plot of sampling the plot of stay-customers or these at the receiving stay of any controversial authorities policy earlier than at final deciding to implement them.
This is the hallmark of what constitutes staunch democracy. This prepare turned into as soon as even subsisting under the navy regime as electorate got the change to focus on about the desirability or otherwise of IMF loan / SAP and their conditionality which in the end ended in rejection of the loan. ”