The LCC said in a statement on Friday that the upward review of the tolls followed “extensive consultations held with stakeholders in the Eti-Osa/Lekki-Epe Expressway of Lagos State.
Although details of the new rate were not disclosed in the statement, the firm said N100 would be paid by any driver of a mini commuter bus using the Lekki-Epe toll plaza, which is an increase of N20 on the N80 currently being charged. This, it noted, was the agreement it reached with the drivers’ union during the consultations.
It said the toll increase was as a result of current economic and business realities that had adversely affected the cost of operations and servicing its loan obligations.
The Managing Director, LCC, Mr. Mohammed Hassan, stated that the feedback and recommendations received during the series of consultations held in December 2017 with stakeholders in Eti-Osa Local Government Area and its environs considerably influenced the new fares to be paid by motorists plying the expressway and the Ikoyi Link Bridge.
Hassan said, “Since the commencement of tolling in December 2011, the toll tariffs have remained the same despite the continuous increase in the cost of operations to ensure that the toll plazas and the road infrastructure are well maintained.
“The toll review has also become necessary to enable the company to meet its loan obligations to its local and foreign lenders, considering the fact that foreign exchange rates have continued to increase astronomically in the last couple of years. The LCC cannot continue to operate or provide the services required from us if we do not review the toll tariffs.”
The LCC’s attempt to raise the fares on November 8 last year was greeted with a public outcry, which made the state government to prevail on the firm to suspend the action.