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Reps Advocate Waiver for Military Personnel on Airport Tollgate Fees

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By Fasuyi Tolulope

The House of Representatives has passed a resolution advocating for the exemption of military personnel from paying tollgate fees at all airports. This decision followed the adoption of a motion of urgent public importance presented by Rep. Abdulsamad Dasuki (APC-Sokoto) during Tuesday’s session in Abuja.

Dasuki highlighted that the Minister of Aviation had previously announced the cancellation of all tollgate fee exemptions for VIPs due to significant revenue losses incurred by the Federal Government. He argued that military personnel deserve this waiver as a gesture of gratitude for their dedicated service to the country, which often involves risking their lives.

He emphasized that such recognition would not only honor their contributions but also inspire more youths to join the military, viewing it as a noble call to serve the nation rather than just a job opportunity.

“Members of the Armed Forces are required to pay for access to airports, where they are also responsible for protecting both citizens and foreigners, regardless of whether they are on duty,” Dasuki stated. He added that while their services are compensated, the inherent risks to their lives and their families’ well-being make their contributions immeasurable.

“We must be proactive in showing our appreciation for their sacrifices by offering privileges such as the proposed exemption. Failing to do so would imply that we undervalue their services and lack awareness of their significant contributions,” he concluded.

The House adopted the motion and directed the Minister of Aviation to instruct relevant authorities to exempt military personnel from both tollgate and parking fees at airports across Nigeria. Additionally, the House mandated its Committee on Aviation to ensure compliance with this directive.

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