“We want to get a secured backbone to be handled by secured company. I understand the need for cyber security, so latest by end of March it will commence nationwide, and we are presently doing presentations.”
Responding to allegation that officials in Kubwa station sold tickets without available seat to passengers on Jan. 19, Okhiria said standing in train was not new even if the passengers are notified.
“In the rail system even in developed countries like Europe people stand. I have stood in London train; even here we tell passengers that there is no seat, if they like to stand.
“It is voluntary; some of the passengers volunteer to stand instead of waiting for the next train. We don’t sell the standing ticket until 10 minutes to the train departure.
“It is not a mistake but we ensure that the person is aware that there is no seat,” he said.
Okhiria said with the additional new coaches on the Abuja-Kaduna rail, cases of racketeering in the station would be a thing of the past. (NAN)