Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has given assurance that tolls will no longer be collected at the second toll point on the Lekki- Epe Expressway.
The governor gave this assurance at an interactive session with newsmen at the Banquet Hall of the Lagos House, Ikeja on Sunday.
A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Habib Aruna, quoted the governor as saying that his concern was to make sure the road was completed as soon as possible.
According Ambode, “We must start thinking of the future concerning that road. We said we will have an International Airport in Epe, and an Export Processing Zone in Lekki and a Deep Seaport also in Lekki.
“Should we not start thinking about how we will improve and create a 10-lane road between Ikorodu, Itoikin, Epe and Ijebu Ode so that people can go out from there? There is no point constructing the road, paying tolls and in five years’ time, the road is gone.”
Speaking further, the governor said once the Lagos-Badagry Expressway, which was being expanded into 10-lane, was completed, business activities in the state would boom.
He said, “As more means of transportation come on board, the more than 600,000 private car owners and 120,000 motorcycles that are being put on the road in the state on a daily basis will reduce in number.”
The governor said, “We have said this is a government of continuity, but it is continuity with improvement. It is about making life easier for the people. We are receptive to new ideas and that is why we are going to be creative, innovative and thinking out of the box”.