The government of Lagos state has just declared that starting 20th of January this year, all motorists will be allowed to pay with cash at the Lekki-Ikoyi Toll Gate but for a shocking ₦1,000 compared to the standard ₦400 - SUVs and ₦300 - cars charges if paying through the electronic cashless option.
LASG orders payment of ₦1,000 by motorists that prefer cash over cashless payment options at the Lekki-Ikoyi tollgate
Earlier in 2019, the Lagos state government had initially vowed to scrap cash payments at the toll gate for the effective implementation of the new cashless electronic payment system. However, it seems the government has decided to reverse this decision but also re-implement it in another dimension by inflating the cash payment charges to a ridiculous ₦1,000 compared to the normal fees for cashless payment options.
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Dr Fredrick Oladeinde, the Lagos state commissioner for transportation disclosed in a statement that this new policy has become necessary for the government to curb corrupt practices like presenting fake e-tag and photocopying of payment vouchers for reuse at the toll gate. He said;
“The state government will not hesitate to apply the law on any motorist that attempts to frustrate its effort at improving traffic situation along the Lekki-Ikoyi Bridge corridor.
“The e-tags are free to obtain and widely available. Therefore, such sharp practices are unnecessary.”
The commissioner in his statement also stressed that the new cashless policy is imperative. So, he urged all motorists to embrace the system in order to help address the constant Lagos traffic gridlock usually encountered at the Lekki corridor caused by the slow cash payment method.