- Passengers on the Abuja-Kaduna train route can now heave a sigh of relief as e-ticketing services have now commenced
- Ticketing racketeering has been a reoccurring situation on the route prompting loud calls for the government to intervene
- Nigerians have been commenting on the new initiative as the e-ticketing goes through one week of trial
The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has announced the commencement of e-ticketing for train services on the Abuja-Kaduna route.
The NRC Managing Director, Fidet Okhria, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday, January 13 in Abuja that the process would be on test run for a week before its formal inauguration on Wednesday, January 20.
“We have commenced the e-ticketing for the Abuja -Kaduna train service today. We intend to test-run this process for about a week after which the formal inauguration will be done at the Ministry of Transportation on Jan. 20.
“The essence of this e-ticketing is to enable people to access tickets easily with fewer hurdles and especially during this period of social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The minister of transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi also confirmed that the e-ticketing initiative has commenced in a social media post.
Some Nigerians have been commenting on the initiative via social media.
Dabia Smith wrote on Twitter:
“About time NRC digitize and also play safe during the pandemic. Can’t say much for the bad eggs amongst them. I hope this will bring about the best service Nigerians clamour for.”
Stanley Osula wrote:
“This will help remove middlemen and touting. Can we have the website/app secured, please?”
Andrewski Ahmadov wrote:
“Whew! That’s a relief. I checked it out yesterday and signed up. When I read the notice from NRC this morning, I had to enter my voter’s card ID to sign up.”
Omotosho Monsur wrote:
“There have been reports of a collision in ticket numbers. I believe issues like this are not unlikely due to the fact that the process is just starting.”
Yemi Aderinto wrote:
“The right way to enthrone sanity. Good job! This solves a lot of problems and creates data for operational activities and security.”
Joseph Enuma wrote:
“Nice one. We have longed waited for this innovative solution.”
Susan Henshaw wrote:
“Fantastic. Hope all loopholes were envisaged and plugged. Purchasing bulk tickets for reselling, for example. Tickets should have names like air tickets.”
Meanwhile, the federal government has signed a $1.959 billion contract document 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.
On its part, the Delta state government is building a world-class Agro-Industrial Park which authorities in the state say would be a catalyst for economic transformation in the state.
Experts say the facility will grow the state's economy to ensure it is not dependent on oil anymore.
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