Less than a week after declaring toll-free passage for motorists at the Lekki axis, Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has yet again approved the opening of Lekki and Ikoyi toll gates during peak hours on Wednesday, July 17.
In a statement signed by the Governor’s Deputy Chief Press Secretary, Gboyega Akosile, the toll-free passage at the plaza on Lekki-Epe Expressway and the Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge would run between 6:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. in the morning, and also at the peak period in the evening (4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.).
The statement reads, “Lagos State Governor Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has declared toll-free passage for all motorists going and coming out of Lekki axis during rush hours tomorrow, Wednesday 17th of July 2019 to allow the State’s consultants complete the traffic simulation survey that was started a couple of weeks ago.”
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According to the Governor, the cost of the toll fees for the study period would be borne by the government.
Sanwo-Olu said the state was undertaking a traffic study with a group of experts to know where the traffic would go when the tollgates are left open for steady movement.
“It is only when we do this activity at the peak hour that we will be able to understand how to deal with congestion in these places.”
The governor said the undertaking was necessary for the government to take actions that would lead to the reduction of traffic on the axes by 50 per cent. The reffect, he said, would lead to decrease in travel time and improved productivity.
“We are restating our commitment to bringing about a quick journey time through our traffic solution. The way we want to do it is to have an online real-time study of what the issues are. We are going to analyse the dimension of observed challenges and discuss next steps of solution we are bringing,” the Governor said.