- There have been reports of ticket racketeering at the Idu train station, Abuja for sometime
- The reports have been circulating on social media with users calling on the relevant authority to intervene
- In response to the calls, Engineer Fidet Okhiria, MD of the NRC, paid a surprise visit to the station on Thursday, October 8
Engineer Fidet Edentalen Okhiria, Managing Director of the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) on Thursday, October 8 alongside senior officials of the NRC paid a surprise visit to the Idu train station.
The visit followed several social media reports of ticket racketeering by some NRC staff at the station.
Speaking during his early morning visit to the station, Engineer Okhiria said:
“The issue of ticket racketeering is one the corporation is taking seriously and we are doing everything we can to ensure that it is curbed to the barest minimum or completely.
“It has been brought to our notice that some persons have been involved in this act for some time now. We advise those who might be involved to desist from such act as the corporation will not hesitate to bring down the full arm of the law on those caught.
“We will plan to make the situation better both on the staff side and the customer side.”
On the issue of e-ticketing which Nigerians have been canvassing for, he said:
“The process has commenced. We are doing the one that is possible to be done now. The last meeting we had with the concessionaire, we were assured that the first stage will start at the end of the month. The ticketing platform will come alive soon.”
He also reiterated the NRC's determination to ensure that the trains move from Abuja to Kaduna and vice versa every hour making a total of 14 trips per day.
He also informed journalists that the coaches to ensure the changes in the new schedule of the train have arrived while other types of equipment to ensure the take-off are to arrive soon.
Legit.ng had earlier reported that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reappointment of Engineer Okhiria as the Managing Director of the NRC.
This was contained in a letter addressed to the NRC MD by the permanent secretary of the ministry of transportation, Dr Magdalene Ajayi, on Wednesday, October 7.
The letter stated that Engineer Okhiria has been reappointed for the second and final term of four years which is expected to begin from Tuesday, October 20.
Okhiria who hails from Iruekpen Ekpoma in Edo state started his journey with the NRC as pupil engineer and rose to the position of director mechanical/electrical/signal and telecommunication.
He was appointed MD, NRC in October 2016 and has been piloting the affairs of the corporation till date prior to his reappointment.
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