Interstate transport fare is already up, but it will soon go even higher.

This is because the federal government is planning to reintroduce tolling on federal highways.

Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, disclosed this on Friday when he hosted members of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, MAN who visited his office in Abuja.

Fashola revealed that the reintroduction of tolling on the nation’s highways is to raise funds to maintain the roads.

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Recall that in July this year, the Senate proposed the reintroduction of the toll gates on federal roads.

The senate had also at the time proposed the setting aside of 0.5% of transport fares paid by passengers on inter-state trips to generate funds for the rehabilitation and maintenance of roads in the country.

Fashola, however, said that the tolling system would only be introduced to road projects that had been completed by the government.

The minister, according to a statement by the Director of Information in the ministry, Mohammed Ahmed, also said the government would spend 100 billion to be raised from the issuance of the sukuk bond for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of 25 arterial roads.

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