Since the Lekki Concession Company (LCC) increased the toll charges at the Lekki-Epe Expressway and Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge toll gates, Lagos residents in that axis have not stopped expressing their displeasure with the decision.   

Reactions have kept coming in, including protests that could not muster a reasonable number.

One of the latest reactions is coming from a human rights group.

“In the face of rising poverty and economic inequalities across the country, the Lagos State Government should be considering eliminating toll charges rather than allowing LCC to get away with overcharging citizens and residents, prioritising profits over the public interest,” the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) said in a statement.

“Unfair And Discriminatory” 

It appealed to the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, to urgently do something about the increased toll charges.

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In the statement, the Executive Director of the rights group, Mr Adetokunbo Mumuni, described the toll increase as “unfair and discriminatory” and not in the interest of the public.

“Unless the situation is satisfactorily resolved in the public interest, the government runs the risk of being viewed as beholden to special interests and out of touch with the public good.

“This latest increase in toll charges at the Lekki-Epe Expressway and Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge toll gates is unacceptable, as it conflicts with the goals and commitment of the Lagos State government to provide basic public services to citizens and residents.

“It seems the agreement between the Lagos State government and the LCC is no longer serving the needs of citizens and residents,” he said.

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The LCC had on February 1, increased the toll fare at the Admiralty Circle Plaza (Lekki-Epe expressway) from 120 Naira to 200 naira for cars, 150 Naira to 250 Naira for Sports Utility Vehicles (SUV), 80 Naira to 150 Naira for commercial buses and 100 Naira for motorcycles.

At the Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge, saloon cars now pay 300 Naira from 250 Naira, SUVs, mini vans, and light trucks now pay 400 Naira from 300 Naira and motorcycles will now pay 200 Naira.

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