The Lekki Concession Company (LCC) has said there will be no immediate reopening of the the Lekki Toll Gate Plaza.
According to the Lekki Concession Company, resumption of tolling at the Lekki Tollgate could take “three or even six months” because of the extent of the damage done to the plaza.
Yomi Omomuwasan, the managing director of the LCC, said this on Monday during a press conference in Lagos.
The Lagos State Commissioner for Information, Gbenga Omotosho and the Chief Press Secretary to the state governor, Gboyega Akosile, were also at the press conference, saying they needed to clear so many misinformation in the public space about the LCC.
The Judicial Panel of Inquiry set up by the Lagos State government to investigate the October 2020 Lekki shooting incident on February 6 approved the reopening of the Lekki Tollgate.
The firm regained possession of the facility following a February 6 ruling of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Enquiry and Restitution for Victims of SARS related abuses and the Lekki Toll Gate incident of October 20.
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But the panel’s decision was opposed by some youths, about 40 of whom were arrested at the facility on Saturday while demonstrating against it, as part of the #EndSARS Season 2 and #OccupyLekkiTollgate movement.
At the Monday’s press conference, Mr Omomuwasan said the tollgate would not be reopened immediately.
“Our going back into operations will take some time,” he said.
“The assets of Lekki Concession Company before it got burnt were comprehensively insured.”
The manager said the insurance companies need to examine the extent of damage done so as to know insurance claims will be made.
“The assessment of things that are burnt will require a team of engineers from both the LCC and those working with us. What we operate is an electronic tolling system that requires a lot of equipment to be brought together. We need to do this proper and critical assessment and it takes some time,” Mr Omomuwasan said.