‘Motorists to pay levies on second Niger bridge when completed’ | Dailytrust

‘Motorists to pay levies on second Niger bridge when completed’

Second Niger bridge
Second Niger bridge

The federal government has said a levy will be placed on motorists that would ply the second Niger bridge once it is completed.

The Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Prof Ibrahim Gambari, made the disclosure during an inspection of the project, stating that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) had developed a National Tolling Policy for the entire nation.

He added that if the road was tolled, there would be an alternative route, “so, when this bridge is tolled, the old bridge is an alternative route, so you have the choice to make between speed and price,” he said.

In a statement by the Director (Press and Public Relations) of the Ministry of Works and Housing, Boade Akinola, on Wednesday, Gambari however stated that tolling the bridge was not the key issue for the federal government but to get the project delivered.

He further described the bridge as a national infrastructure with immense socio-economic benefits for the contiguous states and the entire nation.

He also assured that it would be completed by April 2022 and commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari before the end of the year.

Speaking, the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, said the major responsibility of the government was to deliver the project in collaboration with NSIA, saying: “Once we have finished, if they choose to concession, they can concession.”

Fashola said that the ministry had secured the approval of the FEC on a National Tolling Policy that is of international standard.

“Concessioning of projects is regulated by law. There are rules on how it is done.

“We are currently supervising the concession of 12 highways across Nigeria through the Highway Development and Management Initiative (HDMI) and the process is opened to the general public.

“So, if we choose to concession this one, it will also be opened to the general public.”

The Minister said work on the bridge had reached an appreciable level and appealed to the communities around the impressive Second Niger Bridge project to bear with the Federal Government as power supply was going to be interrupted for two weeks to put finishing touches to the project, adding that adequate notice would be given ahead.

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