FG inaugurates N900m e-ticketing platform for Abuja-Kaduna train Service



The Federal Government on Thursday inaugurated the N900 million e-ticketing for the online purchase of tickets the Abuja-Kaduna rail corridor.

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Ameachi, while inaugurating the virtually in Abuja, said it would solve commuters’ complaint of ticket racketeering.


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According to him, the online ticketing which marks the beginning of automation of ticket sales in all major in Abuja-Kaduna train service is in line with global best practices.
He said the would enhance efficiency, save time and promote accountability as well as reduce leakage and promote economic growth.

Amaechi said the was a Public Private Partnership (PPP), valued N900 million, of which the concessionaire, Secure Solutions, would and manage for 10 years to recoup its investment before reverting ownership to the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC).

 

Earlier, the Chairman of the Governing Board, NRC, Ibrahim Musa, reiterated that the e-ticketing solution would end the persistent allegation of ticket racketeering the train Station.

 

The Chief Officer, Secure Solutions, Kofo Akinkugbe, in her remarks, said the launch heralded the nation’s entry into the new age of multi-model ticketing in public transportation.
Akinkugbe said it would allow for passenger’s convenience, efficiency and accountability for operators, and data for government for better decision making.

She stated that the e-ticketing solution after a successful pilot programme, as of today had issued 25,000 tickets online.

She urged intending commuters on the Abuja-Kaduna rail corridor to assess the e-ticketing solution via web by visiting www.nrc.tps.ng .

 

Akinkugbe noted that downloading the application from Google Play Store or Apple Store, POS and Cash payments the counter were other avenues to get the tickets.

According to her, the offer will increase customer’s experience such as convenient ticket purchase 24 hours a day, seat selection, secure online payments, no physical interaction amongst others. (NAN)