By Benjamin Omoike
The closure of the Lekki tollgates has seen the Lagos State Government lose at least N234m due to the #EndSARS protests.
The #EndSARS protests on Monday reached its 9th day of barricading of tollgates and main roads in the state, as protesters make their agitations known over police brutality in the country.
However, the state didn’t stop to generate money from adverts at the toll plazas. The above figure was obtained from the daily and monthly targets, set for the tollgates by the government, which owns the tollgates, managed by the Lekki Concession Company.
A source disclosed that the Lekki – Ikoyi Link Bridge was not expected to generate less than N300m monthly, while the Admiralty Circle Plaza generates about N500m monthly.
“At least 80,000 cars use the tollgates every day. The figure could be higher or lower depending on the day of the week. However, since the protests started, the Lekki tollgate has been completely shut, while the one in Ikoyi has been left permanently open for people to use without payment,” he said.
On a daily basis, Sport Utility Vehicles pay N250 at the Admiralty Toll Plaza, while saloon cars pay N200. Meanwhile, at the Ikoyi- Link Bridge, toll for SUVs, mini vans and light trucks is N400.
Heavy duty trucks / buses with two or more heavy axles pay N1,000 at the Admiralty Circle Plaza on the Lekki – Epe Expressway, according to the LCC.