The agonizing stress and frustration passengers go through to purchase tickets in the train stations may be over soon as the Nigerian Railway Corporation, NRC, has announced plans to introduce e-tickets for train services across the country.
The Managing Director of the NRC, Fidet Okhiria told the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja that the processes involving the commencement of the e-ticket platform was at the final stage.
“The e-ticketing has progressed to an advanced stage, the process is on, and we are just at the final stage of getting the necessary approval for them to be deployed.
“It has passed through Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, Bureau of Public Enterprises, we hope very soon it will kick off. I can’t give the time exactly when it will start but the Federal Executive Council will soon decide”, Okhiria said.
Okhiria added that the e-ticket will be sold at various designated places and platforms to enable people access tickets easily with fewer hurdles.
”It can be sold through phones and in designated outlets hence there will be franchising and it will still be sold at the stations”, he further explained.
The managing director also disclosed that measures were in place to ensure the e-ticketing for the country’s train line met international standard.
He said the e-ticketing platform would not only guarantee orderliness in purchasing of tickets but would address some major security challenges.
Okhiria further stated that the e-ticketing would ensure the data base of all passengers boarding the train was captured in case of emergencies.