The Lekki Concession Company (LCC) has implemented an increase in the tariff that vehicle owners will pay to gain access through its Admiralty Circle Toll Plaza and the Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge Toll Plaza, and Lagosians are not too pleased with it.
The company’s new pricing system was put in place on Thursday, February 1, 2018, and it’s already created a mess as many vehicles tried to access alternative routes which led to massive traffic hold up around Lekki till late on Thursday.
According to the company’s Managing Director, Mohammed Hassan, the increment is a reaction to the “current business realities and increasing cost of operation.”
He said the current economic and business realities in the country means the company has been hit with increased cost of operations and maintenance of its loan obligations.
According to the new rates at the Admiralty Circle Toll Plaza, motorcycles are now expected to pay N100; saloon cars and tricycles, N200 (eTag: 180); sport utility vehicles, N250 (eTag: 225); light trucks and 2-axle buses, N400 (eTag: 360); heavy duty trucks or buses with two or more heavy axles, N1000 (eTag: 900), and commercial danfo buses will pay N100 (90).
At the Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge Toll Plaza, motorcycles will pay N200 (eTag: 180); salon cars, N300 (eTag: 270); mini vans sports utility vehicles and light trucks, N400 (eTag: 360); and light trucks and 2-axle buses will pay N1000 (eTag: 900).
Even though the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) has assured commuters that it would not increase transport fare in spite of the tolls review, other vehicle owners have expressed outrage at the increment.
Some of them have taken to social media to air their grievances with the development:
I am sure that this traffic in Lekki is just people going to the toll gate and spending time shouting at the toll gate employees who their salaries didn't increase with the toll increase.
Please if you can't pay, go and pass City of David, stop giving the employees grief abeg
— Charles Isidi (@i_am_pixelhub) February 2, 2018
According to research
LCC makes ~N8 million per day on Toll gate fee
With a 66.6% increase, it jumps to N13.28 million
In a month, that's N400 million
The arrangement with LCC has lingered for years
Can we have a report stating
1.Original debt incurred
2.Debt repayment till date https://t.co/MymCL0E7Xu
— Oluwatosin Olaseinde (@tosinolaseinde) February 1, 2018
I don’t get the 60% increment on for Lekki toll gate fee.Firstly the traffic before you pay is hell on earth especially during rush hour which beats me and secondly the Alternative route is worse and not an alternative.Why is everything difficult in Nigeria?
— ijeoma miriam (@ijeoma_miriam) February 1, 2018
The next campaign we should start is against this Lekki Toll gate, but it won't go far because the masses will feel it's only the privileged that use it. That's far from the ttuth though
— Uncle Okey #OneArseneWenger (@CzarArchie) February 2, 2018
This toll gate fare might seem like a joke now, until you realize you are spending 15,000 on tollgate per month and thats just going out and coming back, once in a day out of your 70k salary
— the Kennedy🇳🇬🇳🇬 (@KENNYRAVEN) February 1, 2018
Just paid 300naira at Ikoyi toll gate and I gave them a middle finger all thru…
Shii felt so awesome 😂😂
— Pope Piano (@yeankhar) February 1, 2018
This toll gate increase pain me
400 naira every day× 20= 8000 naira a month on just tolls
Na to move to abeokuta
— Cinderella Man (@Osi_Suave) February 1, 2018
Lekki/ Ikoyi toll gate is the BIGGEST SCAM ever. Imagine the hike in price 😡😡
— SQUISHY SQUASHY💫 (@Wunms_) February 2, 2018
Increase toll gate fare to pump more money into APC coffers ahead of elections
— eddy (@ediological) February 1, 2018
Failed attempt in 2017
The LCC had initially planned to implement the increment in November 2017, but public outrage had prompted the Lagos State government to ask the company to put an hold on it until after the public and critical stakeholders have been consulted on the plan.
The only difference between the rates proposed back then and now is the decrease in the new tariff to be paid by commercial danfo buses which has been reduced from the proposed N150 to N100 in the new rates introduced on Thursday.