LP carpets FG over plan to toll Lagos-Calabar coastal highway - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Thursday, April 11, 2024

LP carpets FG over plan to toll Lagos-Calabar coastal highway

The Labour Party has faulted plans by the Federal Government to toll the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway. 

According to the party, the President Bola Tinubu-led  All Progressives Congress administration is clearly not tired of “inflicting pains, suffering and misery on ordinary Nigerians. “

National Publicity Secretary of the party, Obiora Ifoh, said this in Abuja, on Thursday. 

He was responding to a pronouncement by the Minister of Works, Engr. David Umahi, that road users are to pay N3000 (three thousand ) Naira per toll gate per trip. 

Ifoh said, “This administration’s policies have over the last one year have been targeted at making the poor poorer and the rich richer at the expense of hardworking, but poorly remunerated citizens. 

“First, it was the the poorly executed fuel subsidy removal policy without a buffer. 

“While we are still trying to deal with the hardship imposed by all of this, the government increased electricity tariffs!

“It is not longer news that this policy is largely responsible for the galloping inflation, rising poverty and the volatility of the Naira against major foreign  currencies. 

“Obviously not satisfied with the suffering this has inflicted on Nigerians, the Minister of Works just announced a decision to toll the 700 km Lagos-Calabar Coastal Road. 

“Vehicles plying the road are expected to pay a whopping N3000 toll gate, per trip. 

“All of these has not stopped the administration from reckless borrowing most of these borrowed funds end up being looted by officials with itchy fingers.”

Ifoh further said, “The various financial scandals involving ministers and other government officials attest to this fact. 

“If we May ask, how much is the national minimum wage?  

“We can’t continue to run our economy like an exploitative business enterprise. 

“At the rate, this administration is going, Nigerians will soon start paying for the air we breathe.”

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