Chief Adesunbo Onitiri, Lagos Central Senatorial candidate under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has advocated for an immediate cancellation of tolls collection on Lekki – Epe Express Road in the overall interest of motorists and commuters plying the road.
He has also agitated for the reduction of taxes and levies being imposed on Lagos residents by the Lagos state Government and local governments in the nooks and corners of the state.
In a statement in Lagos yesterday, Chief Onitiri, an accomplished Estate surveyor/valuer, said the cancellation of tolls on the road was overdue and further collection would amount to exploitation of the masses of the state, particularly residents along the Lekki-Aja axis who ply the road every day.
“By now, the Lagos State Government and its contractor-partner should have collected in full, money used to build the tollgate, renovate and expand the Expressway, bearing in mind that the Jakande administration initially constructed the road during the 2nd republic; he recalled.
Chief Onitiri also noted that Lagosians were being unnecessarily exploited by the state government and local councils through multiple direct and indirect taxation and levies which needed to be reduced to make life easy for the people.
Said the PDP senatorial candidate: “The present high and multiple taxation and levies on Lagosians are very inhuman and do not reflect the economic situation of our present times.
“Honestly, the taxation has negative effect on industrialization of the state, as many companies and industries now relocate to neighbouring states where they could operate or produce with lower costs.”
Taxation should be reasonable to attract more companies and industries into Lagos State in order to generate more employment for the teaming population of youths and graduates now roaming the streets without jobs and breeding criminals, Chief Onitiri emphasized.
Chief Onitiri, secretary of Lagos Elders Council, urged the state government to try and remove all Heavy trucks on Lagos 2ndMainland Bridge, to protect and prevent the total collapse of the road. A stich in time saves nine! He added. The removal of the trucks will promote free flow of traffic and economic activities within the corridor. Hence employment opportunities will increase for our teeming youths.