NARTO, NUPENG, PTD say they are ready to pay road tolls

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The federal government’s plan to bring back the practice of tolling its own share of Nigeria’s 200,000 kilometres road network Thursday got the support of the Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO), Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) and National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), THISDAY reports.

The three unions, in a meeting with the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, in Abuja, stated their willingness to back the government’s decision to toll its roads, saying they were tired of the frequency and level of road breakdown in the country, and would in that regard pay tolls to ensure roads they drive on are fixed and in good condition to travel through.

The unions also called on the government to ban the importation and use of petroleum tankers that have container capacities above 45,000 litres. According to them, tankers above this capacity have exerted a lot of pressure on Nigerian roads, and need to be phased out.