Pay the toll

The toll

    I remember all the speculation when they first broke ground on Ozumba badiway (or whatever its called that?) That patch of the expressway past the Orient Hotel but before The Palms. It was such a pain getting out of Lekki. Then there was the whole mystery aspect. What was being built? I remember falling into the category of people who though (hoped) a bridge was being built, but totally expected to get hosed. My fellow hopefuls and I have long since reconciled ourselves to our disappointment. It is a tollgate, and just what the doctor ordered (Not!) I mean we defiantly needed the multiple lanes and the wider, smoother roads but silly me I just thought it was my right as a taxpayer. Please someone tell Jennifer that “I dey pay my taxes Oh!” So why the bloody toll?
    Just seeing the hordes of people that use the expressway multiple times a day must have put naira signs in someone’s eyes. Blinded is more like it. Such a person would hold up well at a press conference:

So what exactly is the reason for the toll?
To pay for its construction.
And how long will that take?

Considering administrative costs, construction cost and agreed upon payments our rumblings of N200 multiplied by the gazillion cars that use the express daily we expect a quick turnaround on our investments.

Then what?
I guess we’ll think of that when we get there. (Whispers)Maybe a nest egg for me.

What nefarious plotting is this?
No comment!

    Generally speaking people pay the barest minimum at tolls. i.e the 25 cents toll I sometimes pass in Atlanta. I’m not even saying we pay in kobo. That would create a mad dash of people searching for these obsolete coins and others selling them for N5. Instead shouldn’t the toll reflect our current standard of living?
    Especially in this case where there is no other route to take. I think people would appreciate the choice to go another way even if it is slightly longer to avoid this toll but there isn’t any (I should note that I’m not great with roads but I did the due diligence of asking all the gidi road experts and they were all stomped.)

    Finally I regret to make reference to this but is this how they plan to support the N30 million a month pay that the members of senate are “requesting” (yes those) Matching on the House of Reps is never the solution except in this case. But that’s another matter entirely.

construction


not a bridge