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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Less Traffic In Lagos As Lekki & Ikoyi Toll Gates Is Free, Without Fee

Image may contain: 1 person, textLagosians received the news with mixed feelings yesterday when the governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu said that both the Lekki and Ikoyi toll gates will be free for Thursday only as from 6am to 9.30am. According to the governor who was at the Lekki toll gate on Wednesday, he said, Thursday, July 11th will be a toll-free day during the morning and evening peak hours for vehicles plying the Lekki and Admiralty toll plaza in Lekki and Ikoyi.

According to reports, the toll plaza would be left open between 6.30am -9.30am and 4.30pm -8.00pm, this is being done to study the traffic movement and also suggest ways to reduce traffic in these areas.

AutoReportNG was monitoring comments from road users base on these two gates that are Lekki and Ikoyi respectively. Like magic, based on comments so far, there seems to be no traffic. According to Ms. Chidima who posted on her twitter page, she said, I passed the Ikoyi-Lekki toll gate this morning... no traffic... no payment. Thank you Lagos State Government. You just made life easier for a mother rushing to get her child to school and making it early to work.
Also, a man named spotless has this to say, It really worked H.E. I think the toll gate also contributed to the traffic in Lekki Epe express road. cos I left the park around 7.35 and we are in Lekki toll gate @ 810 aside the traffic light hold up.

Lastly, Ms. Kehinde Adewusi has this to say, Lekki-Ikoyi link bridge is free as the government investigates the obvious. Of course, it's the damn toll gate that's causing traffic in that axis. Thanks, @jidesanwoolu, at least you have the answer to the experiment, no? @agbegidana
The question on the lips of road users is, will Lagos State Government stop the tolling on these roads? While we await the governor's decision on this, these are some of the image we managed to get across the various pages we monitored.

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Prince David Yakubu

Very commendable

Endy Edeson

@pRINCE: Yes, I passed through Lekki-Toll Gate today and there was no traffic at all. I think the governor should declare at least "one day" in a week as a toll-free day in those areas

Ugochukwu Osuji

What was the toll for anyway ?

Endy Edeson

@Osuji: The toll gate is located at the Lekki end of The Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge. Tolling has been controversial with some Lagosians believing that since the bridge was built with public funds, its use should be available at no cost.

The Lagos State government, on the other hand, has argued that the collection of tolls is not only required to maintain the bridge but also to generate funds for building other bridges to link parts of Lagos. The waterway above which the bridge is built is owned and controlled by the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Apart from vehicular traffic, the bridge also serves as a recreational facility. Fitness inclined residents of Lekki phase 1 and Ikoyi use the wide curbs of the bridge for jogging and running, usually in the early mornings and evenings.

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