Nigerian Railway Corporation finalises e-payments for trains

Nigerian Railway Corporation finalises e-payments for trains

- Fidet Okhiria, the managing director of the NRC, discloses that the corporation is in the final stage of commencement of the e-ticket platform

- Okhiria says the e-ticket platform will begin very soon

- The managing director of the NRC notes that the e-ticket will be sold at various designated places and platforms to enable people access tickets easily with fewer hurdles

Fidet Okhiria, the managing director, Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) says the corporation will soon introduce e-ticketing for train services across the country.

Okhiria told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday, December 26, in Abuja that the processes involving the commencement of the e-ticket platform were at its final stage.

“The e-ticketing has gone to the advanced stage, the process is on, we are just at the final stage of getting the necessary approval for them to be deployed.

“It has passed through ICPC, BPE, we hope very soon it will kick-off. I can’t give the time exactly when it will start but the FEC will decide,” he explained.

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According to Okhiria, the e-ticket will be sold at various designated places and platforms to enable people to access tickets easily with fewer hurdles.

It can be sold through phones and in designated outlets, hence there will be franchising and it will still be sold at the stations, the managing director said

He said measures were in place to ensure the e-ticketing for the country’s train line met the international standard.

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Okhiria said the e-ticketing platform would not only guarantee orderliness in purchasing of tickets but would address some major security challenges.

Nigerian Railway Corporation finalises e-payments for trains

By 2020, railway commuters will be able to buy tickets online and through their mobile phones.
Source: UGC

Besides, he said that the e-ticketing would ensure the database of all passengers boarding the train were captured in case of emergencies.

Meanwhile, the minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has said the Lagos-Ibadan speed railway project will be fully completed by April 2020.

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The Nation reports that the minister stated that the lack of support from landowners, delay in bringing the equipment from China and theft were some of the reason that has caused the project to slow down.

Amaechi also said that the laying of tracks will get to Moniya in Ibadan, Oyo state, in a month’s time, adding that there has been a huge improvement in the entire project.

In another report, Rotimi Amaechi has disclosed that the Ibadan-Kano rail project might start in January 2020, says the minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi.

According to the minister, the federal government is expecting the China Exim Bank to approve the loan for the contract.

He disclosed this on Wednesday, December 18, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, while briefing journalists on the outcome of the cabinet meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari.

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