BREAKING: FG begins e-ticketing for Abuja-Kaduna train service

BREAKING: FG begins e-ticketing for Abuja-Kaduna train service

- 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

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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.

His words:

“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.
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“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.”
BREAKING: FG begins e-ticketing for Abuja-Kaduna train service

Transport minister Rotimi Amaechi had earlier promised that the e-ticketing platform will be activated soon. Photo credit: Jerrywright Ukwu
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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.”
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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.

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Experts say the facility will grow the state's economy to ensure it is not dependent on oil anymore.

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