– E-ticketing has now commenced fully on the busy Abuja-Kaduna train routes
– Nigerians who ply the route can now heave a sigh of relief as they can no longer be at the mercy of corruption rail officials
– Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, Nigeria’s minister of transportation, has listed the three ways for passengers to get tickets
The federal government on Thursday, January 21 launched an e- ticketing solution to ease commuting for passengers using the Abuja-Kaduna train stations.
The move followed numerous complaints by commuters on ticket racketeering by corrupt officials of the Nigeria Railway Corporation.
The minister of transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Ameachi, launched the e-ticketing online solution held virtually in his office in Abuja, adding that the initiative marks the beginning of automation of ticket sales in all major stations in Abuja-Kaduna train service.
According to him, the move is in line with global world best practices and will enhance efficiency, save time and promote accountability while also reducing leakage and promoting economic growth.
Legit.ng gathered that the e-ticketing solution after a successful pilot program on the day of the launch, issued 25,000 tickets online via web on www.nrc.tps.ng.
On his Twitter page, Amaechi listed the three ways to book the tickets.
1. Mobile app.
3. POS or cash at the station. All automated.
He added that a validator is used to scan tickets’ barcode before passengers board the train, adding that self service ticket vending machines at the stations would soon be provided.
Legit.ng had earlier reported that the e-ticketing process will undergo a test-run before its launch by Amaechi.
The Nigerian Railway Corporation Managing Director, Fidet Okhria, had also stated that the essence of the initiative is to enable people to access tickets easily with fewer hurdles and especially during this period of social distancing due to COVID-19.
In a related development, the federal government has signed a $1.959 billion contract for the commencement of the Kano-Maradi and Kano-Dutse railway project.
After signing the contract on behalf of Nigeria, Amaechi disclosed that the project contractor, Mota-Engil Group, has also agreed to build a University as part of their corporate social responsibility.
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