LAGOS STATE Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has met with the stakeholders at Lekki over the recommencement of tolling at Ikoyi- Link Bridge.
This is part of the consultations on the return of tolling to the bridge.
Recall that Lekki Concession Company (LCCI), had reopened the bridge in preparation for resumption of tolling.
A statement issued by the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso said at the meeting, which took place at Lagos House, Marina, on Sunday, were leaders of the Lekki Residents Association (LERA) and Lekki Residents and Stakeholders Association (LERSA). On the government’s side were, besides Mr. Governor, Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice Moyosore Onigbanjo SAN, Commissioner for Transportation Frédéric Oladeinde, Commissioner for Information and Strategy Gbenga Omotoso, LCC Managing Director, Yomi Omomuwasan and LCC Board member Obafemi George.
Also at the meeting were President of LERSA, Olorogun James Emadoye, Vice President of LERSA, Arc. O.P.A. Ladega, Financial Secretary, LERSA, Mr. Keji Olajide, Director of Stakeholders Engagements, LERSA, Mrs. Chika Allison-Idalah, Chairman of Infrastructure Committee, LERSA, Alhaji Sulyman Bello, Chairman of Lekki Phase 1 Estate Residents Association (LERA), Mr. Yomi Idowu, Mr. Sony Irabor (LERA), Mr. Demola Folarin (LERA), Mr. Seni Adio (LERA), Mrs. Eniola (LERA), and Mr. Paul Kogoro (LERA).
The guests explained their position on the matter and demanded some concessions. Mr. Sanwo-Olu agreed to make some concessions after showing evidence of LCC’s financial situation and why tolling should resume at the plaza.
The LCC management will soon be announcing details of the concessions, following Mr Governor’s directive.
However, one of the stakeholders who pleaded anonymity said, “The LERA team emphasised that tolling should be shelved for now but if the Government is going to insist by force which may bring protest,we will appeal that the Government should make a pronouncement that ,they met with us and agreed to step down on April 15th date and start making arrangements for measures that will assist in easy flow of traffic, e.g traffic light at the roundabout and FO petrol station junction. Red markings all along Admiralty way for no stopping, parking and no waiting.
“For concessions meetings to be held by both parties to agree on concessions, top amongst are no tolling on weekends and one way toll payments for Lekki residents.”