The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has announced the commencement of e-ticketing for train services on the Abuja-Kaduna route.
The NRC Managing Director, Fidet Okhria, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday, January 13 in Abuja that the process would be on test run for a week before its formal inauguration on Wednesday, January 20.
“We have commenced the e-ticketing for the Abuja -Kaduna train service today. We intend to test-run this process for about a week after which the formal inauguration will be done at the Ministry of Transportation on Jan. 20.
“The essence of this e-ticketing is to enable people to access tickets easily with fewer hurdles and especially during this period of social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The minister of transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi also confirmed that the e-ticketing initiative has commenced in a social media post.
Some Nigerians have been commenting on the initiative via social media.
Dabia Smith wrote on Twitter:
About time NRC digitize and also play safe during the pandemic. Can’t say much for the bad eggs amongst them. I hope this will bring about the best service Nigerians clamour for.
Stanley Osula wrote:
This will help remove middle men and touting. Can we have the website/app secured please?
Andrewski Ahmadov wrote:
Whew! That’s a relief. I checked it out yesterday and signed up. When I read the notice from NRC this morning, I had to enter my voter’s card ID to sign up.
Omotosho Monsur wrote:
There have been reports of a collision in ticket numbers. I believe issues like this are not unlikely due to the fact that the process is just starting.
Yemi Aderinto wrote:
The right way to enthrone sanity. Good job! This solves a lot of problems and creates data for operational activities and security.
Joseph Enuma wrote:
Nice on. We have longed waited for this innovative solution.
Susan Henshaw wrote:
Fantastic. Hope all loopholes were envisaged and plugged. Purchasing bulk tickets for reselling, for example. Tickets should have names like air tickets.