It must be a happy day for motorist that ply through the Lekki-Ikoyi bridge as a federal high court bans the toll collection.
A Federal High Court, Lagos has barred the Lagos State Government from collection of tolls from users of the Lekki-Ikoyi Suspension Bridge.
Justice Saliu Saidu, on Thursday declared that the bridge was built by public funds therefore imposition of tolls on motorists using it was illegal.
The court held that since it was public funds that was used for building the bridge there was no basis for the public-private partnership arrangement which was adduced as the justification for toll collection on the bridge.
Adegboruwa who instituted the suit had urged the court to determine whether the imposition of tolls on the users of the bridge and residents of Lekki Scheme 1, Ikoyi, Ajah, Ibeju-Lekki and Epe communities, did not amount to a violation of their rights.
What do you make of this development, do you think the removal of the toll will lead more people to use the bridge thereby leading to increased traffic congestion in that area or is this a totally welcome development?