Tinubu, VP Shettima, other VIPs to pay tollgate fees at airports

President Bola Tinubu and Vice President Kashim Shettima will start paying tollgate fees whenever they use airports in Nigeria.

This was as the Federal Executive Council (FEC) chaired by Tinubu approved a memorandum from the Ministry of Aviation scrapping toll exemptions for all Very Important Persons and government officials using the airports.

The Minister, Mr. Festus Keyamo, who announced this to journalists, after the FEC meeting on Tuesday, May 14, argued that the government was losing over 82 per cent of the revenue it should have earned from the e-tags that provide access to the airports.

He explained that the memoranda had initially prescribed an exemption for only the president and the vice president before Tinubu overruled and directed that both of them should be included among those that must pay.

Keyamo, who disclosed this at the post-FEC media briefing, regretted that wealthy Very Important Persons, VIPs, who should pay are those that have not been paying. The minister said only poor people had been charged for using the tollgates, a situation that must stop.

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