Gov Okowa urges FG to concession proposed tollgates to capable firms

Gov Okowa urges FG to concession proposed tollgates to capable firms

- The plans by the federal government to return toll gates to highways is still generating reactions

- Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state has advised the government on how to go about it

-The governor advised the government to contract credible companies that will utilize the funds

Delta state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa has advised the federal government on its plans to re-introduce toll gates in Nigerian highways.

Governor Okowa on Tuesday, October 8, encouraged the government to contract credible companies that will utilize the funds for regular maintenance of the federal roads.

He said roads were failing across the country and said the federal government was overwhelmed, adding that there is a need to provide for toll gates in functioning roads.

His words: “They should concession these roads to competent companies and the money made should be ploughed back to continue the maintenance of the roads where the toll gates are located.

“It is far cheaper to pay for tolls on good roads than spend money on maintenance of your cars, with the attendant delays and inconveniences as a result of bad roads.

“We would have preferred that federal government either repaired the roads or made refunds when states reconstruct the roads because most of the roads have started to fail, more so, when bigger heavy-duty vehicles are on roads not envisaged during design and construction.”

The governor also disclosed that his administration was giving a boost to tourism in the state.

“We are looking forward to building a Pleasure Park which will be on the Ugbolu-Asaba road, and we are also putting up a film village to encourage our budding artistes as Asaba has become the hub for movie locations,” he said.

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