The Federal Government has initiated e-ticketing services for the Warri-Itakpe and Lagos-Ibadan rail lines, aiming to streamline and modernize the process of booking and paying for train tickets, eliminating the need for physical tickets and cash transactions.
The inauguration of this long-awaited e-ticketing system took place in Abuja on Monday, with the contract for the project approved by the Federal Executive Council in May 2023 at a cost of N1.96 billion, expecting to generate N176 billion in revenue over the next decade.
The Minister of Transportation, Mr. Sai’du Alkali, emphasized that this e-ticketing platform, set to be accessible to the public from November 1, 2023, will enhance passenger convenience and safety while eliminating ticket racketeering and promoting transparency.
Fidet Okharia, the Managing Director of the Nigerian Railway Corporation, expressed his enthusiasm for the project, highlighting its potential to significantly boost weekly revenue on the Warri-Itakpe route, and he stressed the need to eradicate unethical practices within the industry, as 14 individuals have already faced sanctions for ticket racketeering.
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