The Lekki Estates Residents and Stakeholders Association (LERSA) have rejected the move by the Lekki Concession Company (LCC) Limited on the resumption of tolling and the re-opening of the Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge.The decision of the residents was disclosed by the Nigerian comedian and #EndSARS activist, Debo Adedayo, (Mr Macaroni) in a tweet via his official Twitter account.“We are live at the LCC and Stakeholders meeting. The Lekki Estate Residents and Stakeholders Association Chairman has announced the decision of all residents which is NO TO TOLLING!
“All of us present here have spoken! And not one resident is in support of tolling. The timing is wrong; the people are going through a lot of hardship at the moment! We hope the Lagos state government will do the right thing here and suspend the resumption of tolling. Nooooo!” he tweeted.
It should be recalled that the Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotosho, recently disclosed the decision of the government to re-open the Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge by April 1, 2022. Meanwhile, the Lagos State Government has urged the people of the state, especially the residents of Lekki and Ikoyi, to show understanding ahead of the proposed re-opening of the Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge toll plaza by the Lekki Concession Company Limited (LCC). This appeal was made by Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotosho alongside the Commissioner for Transport, Dr Fredericks Oladehinde, as well as the Commissioner for Home Affairs, Prince Anofi Elegushi respectively during a stakeholders’ meeting held on Wednesday, March 30, 2022, at the Lekki Coliseum in Lekki Phase 1, Lagos.
“We are here to seek your understanding as a government about the matter at hand. We are also citizens of Nigeria. We are all Lagosians. I have listened to all of you talking about our rights, privileges and how government should be responsible for everything. I also feel that as citizens, we should have some responsibilities.
“Lagos is a city of about 25 million people and out of the 25million people there are about six million taxpayers and among six million taxpayers, only 4.2 million are active taxpayers. So, let us reflect on all these things. I know how people feel and I understand what has been said but I believe that the matter at hand is about seeking your understanding. It is a matter of showing some compassion for people who have one thing or another to do with this company,” he said.
Dr Oladehinde also claimed that the decision of the government is not to punish people but to create an enabling environment for more jobs through private sector participation.