None of the South Eastern roads will be tolled despite a Federal Government announcement last week that toll gates would soon return to Federal Highways.
In announcing the Federal Government initiative, Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) had said government was not constrained by any law from re-installing toll gates, over 15 years after they were dismantled by the Obasanjo administration.Read more on the return of toll gates here: https://thepodiummedia.com/2019/10/02/toll-gates-to-return-to-federal-highways/
However, the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) is insisting that it will resist every plan to install tollgates on federal roads in the South-East. Its leader, Uchenna Madu, said in a statement issued yesterday that “we will not fold our hands and watch the Federal Government occupy Biafraland forcefully in the name of tollgates”.
He added: “Igboland and the entire Biafraland can never continue to be an experimental ground for the exhibition of wickedness, malice, hatred, genocide, police extrajudicial killings, military terrorism, political subjugation and unprovoked massacre of innocent and harmless citizens.”
MASSOB described the move as “wicked”, while observing that the South-East with only five states has more tollgates (56) than the entire 19 northern states with only 35. The group claimed the South-East had the highest number of dilapidated federal roads than other regions, saying tollgates were not needed in the area.
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