• The Igbo have rebelled against the Nigerian government’s plans to toll the second bridge over Niger
  • Ohanaeze Ndigbo stated that the Nigerian government’s plans will impoverish the people of the region.
  • Emefiele had indicated that tolls would be collected on other highways in the country to repay the funds used to build them.

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Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the Igbo socio-political group, has moved against the federal government’s plans to toll the newly built second Nigerian bridge.

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, affirmed that the bridge will be toll for optimal maintenance.

FG plans toll on the second Niger bridge, other roads Credit: Walter Geiersperger
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Our money was used to build it, for what toll?

Punch reports that Ohanaeze Ndigbo’s publicity secretary, Alex Ogbonnia, said the federal government’s move at this time would damage the image that President Muhammadu Buhari has begun to build in the region.

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Ogbonnia said public funds were used to build the bridge and that the toll would impoverish the people of the southeast.

He said the plan is discriminatory as there is no main highway in Nigeria with a toll barrier.

He said that security agents set up checkpoints all over the country and exhort people is the same as collecting tolls.

He said:

“These corrupt military or security personnel collect money from the public and now the government is installing another toll barrier, all these things are a punishment for the population.

Other roads to pay

In October 2022, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, said that tolls would be collected on major roads in Nigeria, including the Lagos-Ibadan highway, the Second Niger Bridge and the Abuja-Kano highway to recover the funds. used to build them.

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TheCable reports that all three projects are funded by the Nigerian Infrastructure Corporation (InfraCo).

Emefiele revealed on Wednesday at the closing ceremony of the 12th Bankers Committee Retreat in Lagos.

Emefiele also affirmed that the roads would be tolled to take care of their maintenance.

List of vehicles that are prohibited from using Niger’s second bridge when Igbos travel home for Christmas and New Year

legit.ng reported that the Federal Government has opened the Second Bridge Niger to vehicular movements.

The partial opening is intended to make things easier for travelers, particularly Igbo descendants returning east from the southwestern regions.

Every year, regardless of where they live, the Igbo return home for the Christmas and New Year holidays.

Source: Legit.ng