Chris Steven, Abuja
The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has expressed concerns over plans by the federal government to re-introduce toll gates on major high ways across the country.
The Congress in a communique issued and jointly signed by its National President Comrade Ayuba Wabba and General Secretary, Dr. Peter Ozo Esson respectively in Abuja on Wednesday expressed disappointment in the Federal Government over such move.
It noted that the Federal Government should be wary of the pitfalls that characterized the toll plazas that were demolished by the former President Olusegun Obasanjo administration in which the toll gates were used to settle few cronies of the past governments.
The Congress which issued the communique after its emergency Central Working Committee (CWC) held on Tuesday to review the state of the nation and some government’s pronouncements lamented that proceeds from those toll gates were never used for the maintainance of the roads from where they were collected.
“The CWC noted with disappointment, the plan of government to re-introduce toll gates on our highways and roads.
Recalling the enormous public resources expended in the past on the construction and demolition of toll gates, CWC observed that the proceeds from toll collection were never effectively deployed for the maintenance of roads, but lined the pockets of favoured collectors.
Convinced that proceeds from any new toll collections will suffer the same fate, CWC disagrees with the planned re-introduction of toll gates.” The Communique