Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun on Monday revealed that the state was losing between N3 billion and N5 billion as revenue monthly from haphazard toll collection.
Amosun cried out about the huge loss of revenue by the state due to unorganised toll revenue collection, saying the new scheme would address the identified inadequacies of the former method.
He added that the harmonisation would also prevent revenue leakages and eradicate printing and issuing of fake toll tickets by some contractors.
“It is important to note that haulage collection should ordinarily come under the purview of the civil service structure. But, we decide to contract the collection to our people.
“Our aim was to create more openings through which we could empower more people.
“But, I must confess that our intervention was grossly misconstrued and largely abused by majority of the participants.
“We find out that a large chunk of generated revenue was not remitted to government and some of the operators have gone beyond the brief of the delegated authority.
“As a government, we cannot allow such abuse which has led to major revenue loss and extortion of our people,’’ he said.
“Let it be known that any individual or group of persons found to be collecting haulage revenue without due approval will not only be arrested but made to face the full wrath of the law. To be fore-warned is to be fore-armed,’’ he said.
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