LCC records compliance on toll review in Lekki
Following the implementation of the toll review by Lekki Concession Company Limited (LCC) last week at the Admiralty Circle Plaza and the Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge Plaza, the management of LCC has expressed satisfaction at the massive compliance by motorists.
Speaking at a media parley to update the public on developments around the toll review, the Managing Director, LCC, Mohammed Hassan, said the toll review was a socio-economic decision made at the right time to avoid yearly increments.
Hassan said the toll review was mooted a few years ago but had to go through the due process of consultations.
“The compliance level is satisfactory. If there is no compliance, by now, you would have noticed dissenting activities. We are, however, in a democratic government; there is right of choice for those who are willing to pay and those who don’t want to pay,” he said.
He recalled that in November 2017, the company made an attempt to carry out the review but the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, directed LCC to carry out further consultations with stakeholders in the Eti-Osa/Lekki-Epe corridor, which we have since done.
“We cannot but attribute this high level of compliance and understanding by motorists to the advice and support we received from the media, Eti-Osa/Lekki-Epe Indigenes and Residents, National Union of Road and Transport Workers (NURTW), Traditional Rulers and Youth Organizations as well community development Associations and civil society groups,” he said.
While engaging the media on alternative routes for motorists who are not willing to pay the new tariff, Hassan encouraged motorists to sign up for the electronic tags (e-Tag), which provides quick access through both toll plazas.
He also said e-Tag users are entitled to 10 per cent discount, which can increase to as much as 50 per cent discount depending on the frequency of passage.
Hassan corrected the misconception that the e-Tags were designed for the elites of the society, pointing out that a lot of commercial buses (popularly called ‘Danfo’), corporate and private vehicles use the e-tag for easy passage through the toll plazas.
According to him, owners of several vehicles can secure a single e-Tag account for their vehicles so as to fund it centrally and monitor the movement of their vehicles through the toll plazas, adding that occasional road users can also register for the e-Tag as the funds paid into the account does not expire at any time until it is used.
He assured the public that his organisation was poised to continue the development of the Lekki axis.
“The Ajah flyover has been completed and we have the intention of rehabilitating the road up to Eleko Beach so that the benefits seen in the Lekki area can be extended further along the axis. Possibly, it may spill over to Epe which already has a six-lane road,” he added.
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