The Red Chamber also urged government to introduce weigh bridges to protect roads and discourage over weighing highways that were not constructed for withstanding the pressure of ferrying heavy vehicles and trucks.
NGTrends reports that the administration of President Olusegun Obasanjo in 2004 abolished tollgates on all federal roads, claiming it wanted to avoid double-taxation.
The Senate took this decision as part of the resolutions it adopted from the report of its ad-hoc committee on works on total collapse of federal roads and prevalence of gully erosion in the country.
The report was presented to Senate during plenary by Chairman of the ad-hoc committee, Senator Barnabas Gemade, Thursday.
It would be recalled that Senate at its sitting on July 28, deliberated on two motions entitled: “State of disrepair and total collapse of the Ikot Ekpene-Itu-Calabar federal highway”, sponsored by Senator Albert Bassey Akpan and “Landslide in parts of Isuikwuato and Arochukwu local government areas in Abia North Senatorial District, Abia State”, sponsored by Senator Mao Ohuabunwa, which led to setting up of the ad-hoc committee.
The Senate also resolved that revenue collected from the tollgates should be used to maintain the roads, which are in a state of disrepair.
The senators also stated that new methods of funding road projects should be adopted including concession to construction companies with solid capital base and excellent track record.
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