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House of Reps reject motion to re-introduce toll gates nationwide

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The House of Representatives has rejected a motion to re-introduce toll gates on roads.
Rejecting the motion sponsored by Rep Francis Charles Uduyok (PDP, A/Ibom), the House said Nigerians should not be subjected to another form of hardship, especially at a time the country was in hardship.

Uduyok had in his motion said Nigerian roads were in bad conditions and that toll gates would help in maintenance and construction of inter-state roads.

Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, had also in May stated that only the National Assembly can give go-ahead for re-introduction of toll gates to generate additional revenue for government.

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The House also deliberated on kidnappings on some major highways in the country.
Adopting a motion by Rep Muhammad Usman (APC, Kaduna), the House said that the Abuja-Kaduna highway had become a den of kidnappers.

Usman lamented that despite the busy nature of the road, killings and kidnappings had become frequent on the road.

He said the kidnappings had terrible socio-political consequences in and outside Nigeria.

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