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E-tickets for train services to be introduced

Many passengers queue up to buy tickets at the Rigasa train station in Kaduna.

The Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission, ICRC, Friday, said it has engaged private sector operators to deploy electronic ticketing solution for the Nigerian Railway Corporation, NRC, to cut down on the purchase tickets at train stations.

There have been several calls by passengers and patrons of the rail services in Nigeria for the NRC to adopt e-ticketing, so as the curb the widespread ticket racketeering witnessed across major rail routes in the country.

Speaking at the Rail Infrastructure Dialogue Summit in Abuja, Director General of the ICRC, Engr. Chidi Izuwah, noted that with the e-ticketing solution, passengers would be able to purchase their tickets online and would also put a stop to the rush and commotion occasionally recorded in the purchase of tickets at rail stations.

Now we are having a private sector player to install systems so that you have a complete control system that enables you to sit in the comfort of your homes, buy your ticket and check-in for your rail travel. Public-Private Partnership in line with the ICRC act and the national policy of PPP is the way to go, to be able to drive infrastructure, he added.

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