One of the top agendas of the senate during the plenary session on Thursday was the call on the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to re-introduce toll gates across the country.

The resolution proceeded the recommendations of Senator Barnabas Gemade led ad-hoc committee on works which investigated the total collapse of federal roads in Nigeria and prevalent gully erosion sites.

The senate adopted the recommendations as it urged the government as a matter of urgency to reintroduce toll gates on the nation’s highways.
Ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo disbanded toll gates along major federal highways in the country 11 years ago and since then only some State Governments could erect such gates on their roads.

Lagos State Government in particular built toll gate along Lekki-Epe Expressway, which led to public uproar at the time but now on Thursday the senate called for reintroduction of toll gate.

The Senate also called for investment in Rail, Air and Water ways to act as alternatives to road transport and to decrease traffic on the roads for longer lifespan as well as the construction of concrete roads instead of laterite roads in some parts of the country especially in areas not suitable for Bituminous pavement.

Senators in their contributions, supported the position of the ad-hoc committee report and called on Nigerians to contribute their quota to national development by supporting the reintroduction of toll gate and concessioning of some major federal roads.