Kogi govt to in­tro­duce toll gates

Sunday Trust - - NEWS - From Itodo Daniel Sule, Lokoja

The Kogi State gov­ern­ment said plans are on to in­tro­duce toll gates for heavy duty ve­hi­cles in view of pres­sure such ve­hi­cles mount on the roads.

The state Com­mis­sioner for Works, Engr Sadiq Ab­dul­mu­muni stated this in Lokoja dur­ing a min­is­te­rial press brief­ing or­gan­ised by the Kogi State Bu­reau of In­for­ma­tion Ser­vices and Grass­roots Sen­si­ti­sa­tion in part­ner­ship with the Kogi State Coun­cil of the Nige­rian Union of Jour­nal­ists (NUJ).

He pointed out that roads in the state have con­tin­ued to ex­pe­ri­ence heavy pres­sures daily given that the state is gate­way con­nect­ing many states and also host to the Dan­gote Ce­ment Com­pany in Oba­jana.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the only way to main­tain the roads is to gen­er­ate rev­enue through toll gates, a mat­ter which the state has dis­cussed with the Min­is­ter of Power, Works and Hous­ing, Ba­batunde Fashola.

Ab­dul­mu­muni said that state was de­ter­mined to com­plete all the 25 road projects it has em­barked upon across the three sen­a­to­rial dis­tricts. He at­trib­uted the slow pace of works on some the road projects to paucity of funds, not­ing that ac­tiv­i­ties were ex­pected to re­sume in earnest on the projects in the weeks ahead.

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