Lagos State Government said on Thursday it has discovered moves by some motorists to deliberately sabotage the new cashless policy for toll payments at Lekki/ Ikoyi Link bridge toll- plaza which commenced operation on New Year Day.
The state governor, Babjide Sanwo-Olu, had in a New Year broadcast, revealed that his administration would be pursuing audacious developmental programmes this year with a renewed focus on waterways and rail transportation.
On the cashless toll sabotage, the state government warned perpetrators to desist from the act as it would not hesitate to apply the law on any motorists that attempted to frustrate its effort at improving traffic movements through corrupt practices.
The state government had last year announced that it would go cashless on toll payments effective from January 1, 2020, due to huge traffic gridlock often experienced on the corridor with cash payments.
The state Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde, who personally monitored the cashless toll payments at the toll plaza on Thursday, alongside the Managing Director of Lekki Concession Company Limited, Mr. Yomi Omomuwasan, stressed the need for motorists to comply with the new system in order to achieve the desired goal.
He said the new cashless policy was aimed at reducing traffic gridlock often experienced during the cash payments regime to save travel time and ease traffic movement along the corridor.
According to Oladeinde, the new cashless arrangement has brought significant improvement in the vehicular movement at the toll plaza compared to the previous system.
He said: “There is the need to educate the residents and motorists on the need to imbibe the new system through compliance because of its advantage of a free flow of traffic.
“Some motorists are bent on deliberately sabotaging the new policy for their selfish gains, as some of them (motorists) made photocopies of their payment vouchers for multiple uses.
“I just want to appeal to Lagosians to embrace this new initiative introduced by this government as it would help us improve traffic movements along the corridor. Any form of criminality or corrupt practices such as photocopying of payment vouchers or similar vices will not be condoned as such would be treated as a criminal case when caught.’’
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