Reconsider your decision, LCC appeals to organisers of Lekki planned protest

The management of Lekki Concession Company (LCC), has appealed to the two different groups, planning to demonstrate at its Admiralty Circle Toll Plaza, on Saturday, February 13, this year, to have a rethink to avoid repeating the ugly incidents of October 20, last year.

Two different groups, #OccupyLekkiTollGate and #DefendLagos/#DemNoBornDemPapaWell, recently announced plans to demonstrate at the already destroyed toll facility of the company, located on Admiralty Area, of Lekki Phase One, Lagos.

Making the appeal at a media briefing held at the company’s Head Office in Lekki, on Thursday, the company’s Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer, Mr Yomi Omomuwasan, stated that going ahead with such protests would only compound the pains, inflicted on residents and the state government, during the last #EndSARS protest.

He explained that the decision to organise the media briefing was informed by the need to correct some misinformation, circulating especially in social media, concerning the company.

According to him, the company did not at any time hinder the investigation of the Lagos Judicial Panel, as being erroneously peddled, adding that the company only requested from the panel to repossess the toll facilities to enable it to halt further losses to its operations.

“It was in a bid to halt further losses to our operations, especially given our subsisting financial commitments to local and foreign financial institutions, that we approached the Lagos Judicial Panel of Inquiry for permission to repossess our facilities.

“Our intent with the request was to enable us to evaluate the damages, process insurance claims and rebuild the burnt facilities before the commencement of operations in order to continue to fulfil our loan repayment and other financial obligations.

“We want to place on record that we cooperated fully with the panel, and made a strong representation through our lawyers concerning the return of our assets. A request the panel graciously granted on Saturday, February 6, 2021,” he stated.

The LCC boss, however, expressed his displeasure at the reactions the panel’s decision had elicited from some members of the public, and their resolve to again forcefully take over the already destroyed facility.

He added that further disruptions of the company’s operations, and not back to full operations within the shortest possible time, would result in the loss of jobs for the company’s over 500 staff, and thousands of Nigerians, currently employed directly and across the value chain of the company’s business.

Omomuwasan stated that despite the tolls not being operational since October 2020, the company had continued to render essential services, such as 24/7 emergency assistance, Vehicle breakdown and recovery services and security patrol to all road users plying the Lekki-Epe Expressway, of the metropolis.

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