In a bid to put an end to racketeering and serve customers better, the Federal Government has launched e- ticketing on the Abuja-Kaduna rail corridor.
The Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Ameachi, who spoke at the virtual launch of the e- ticketing online solution in his office in Abuja said the automation of ticket sales would be replicated in all major stations in order to enhance efficiency ,save time and promote accountability as well as reduce leakage.
Amaechi further disclosed that it is a Public Private Partnership (PPP) valued at N900 million of which the concessionaire ( SecureID) will provide, then run it for 10 year to recoup its investment before reverting ownership to the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC).
The Chairman of the Governing Board, NRC, Ibrahim Alhassan Musa , who spoke earlier said that the e- ticketing solution would finally bring to an end the persistent allegation of ticket racketeering at the train Station.
Meanwhile, the Chief Executive Officer, Secure ID Solutions, Kofo Akinkugbe, in her remarks observed that the launch heralds the nation’s entry into the new age of multi- model ticketing in public transportation while allowing for passengers convenience, efficiency and accountability for operators and provide data for government for better decision making.
According to Kofo as of today, they have issued 25,000 tickets online and informed intending commuters on the Abuja – Kaduna rail corridor to assess the e – ticketing solution via web by visiting http://www.nrc.tps.ng, other avenues are: downloading the application from Google Play store or Apple Store, POS and Cash payments at the counter.
Kofo further stated that all solutions offer an increased customer experience such as convenient ticket purchase 24 hours a day, seat selection, secure online payments, no physical interaction amongst others.
Also present at the online launch were members of the the Governing Board of NRC and the Director Rail Transport Service, Federal Ministry of Transportation, Engr M.T Babakobi, who represented the Permanent secretary.