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NIGERIA: FG Considers Return of Toll Gates by Third Quarter

The federal government may re-introduce toll gates on federal highways by the third quarter of this year, Minister of Works, Mike Onolememen, has said.

Speaking monday  at the 2013 ministerial platform on the mid-term achievements of the Jonathan administration, the minister said tolling was an integral part of the public private partnership(PPP) being pursued by the federal government.

He added that the Federal Ministry of Works and the Infrastructure Concession and Regulatory Commission  (ICRC) were collaborating on the formulation of a new tolling policy, which, he said, would be presented to the Federal Executive Council in the third quarter of the year after which it would become operational.

Onolememen also said the ministry had paid N120 billion for the 32 roads it had repaired in the last one year of the administration.
He explained that of the 65,000 kilometres of roads constructed in the period under review, 35,000 belonged to the federal government.

According to him, this translated to 35 per cent improvement over the less than 25 per cent done by May last year.
The minister said the six key projects, including Abuja-Lokoja, Benin-Ore and Kano-Maiduguri roads, would be completed in 2015.   
He expressed his determination to complete within the next two years priority projects in the north.

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