The Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge is heavily guarded as the Lekki Concession Company (LCC) prepares to reopen the bridge for tolling on friday morning.
Our correspondent, who was at the bridge this morning, reported that it is well guarded.
No less than five police patrols were stationed at strategic spots along the bridge to prevent a breakdown in law and order.
Officials from the LCC were also observed at various areas of the tolling corridor as vehicles passed under the bridge.
However, contrary to an earlier declaration, it was learned that payment of tolling using the enhanced electronic tag issued by the LCC will begin today.
According to the Daily Trust, residents and some activists have protested the reinstatement of tolling in the two Plazas, the Lekki-Ikoyi and the Lekki-Epe Expressways.
Tolling was halted during the 2020 #EndSARS protest, which culminated in the demolition of tolling facilities in the two Plazas and spontaneous attacks on government sites around the state.
The LCC, which is in charge of tolling on the Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge and the Lekki-Epe Expressway, had already informed residents about the resumption of tolling.
According to the Daily Trust, the LCC officials took over the toll plaza on April 1, 2022, however it was made free for all kinds of cars until payment resumed on April 15, 2022.
Residents in the Lekki corridors, on the other hand, called on the government on Tuesday to postpone its plan to reopen the plaza.
They stated that the reopening should be postponed until all concerns concerning the reopening are resolved.
Dr. Frederic Oladehinde, the state’s Commissioner for Transportation, justified the decision to reopen the tolling, stating it was in the best interests of the state and the need to safeguard investors.
“I know a lot of Lagosians are upset that the Lagos State Government is reopening the toll gate, but we need to realise that we are doing this in the best interests of all stakeholders, especially investors, who have always begged that we ensure the safety of their investment,” he added.
“We must remember that the business in question is someone’s business, and it has been in peril since it was burned down and closed down 18 months ago.”
“A number of investors who are contacting the government with the idea of forming a partnership to provide essential infrastructure are looking at us and will want assurance that their investment is safe and secure.” They would withdraw their investment if we are unable to provide that assurance and safeguard their company and investments,” Oladeinde stated.
The LCC has recommended motorists who hold an outdated e-Tag that has now expired to contact its customer care for an update device ahead of the reopening.