The Nigerian Railway Corporation has announced that computerized ticketing for the standard gauge network will go live next week.
According to The Punch, the Managing Director of NRC, Fidet Okhiria, made the statement on Wednesday in an interview.
Okhiria clarified that the e-ticketing platform’s last round of testing would be finished on Wednesday, allowing it to go online for a select group of users before opening to the wider public.
He stated that the e-ticketing system would drastically lower the possibility of corruption and income leakage by sending ticket sales proceeds straight to the government’s coffers.
He said that the e-ticketing implementation would start with the Abuja-Kaduna route and then move on to other important routes like Lagos-Ibadan and Itakpe-Warri.
Okhiria also revealed the dissolution of a disciplinary committee that had been looking into employees who were seen on video collecting tickets for trains in Ibadan on the Lagos-Ibadan Standard Gauge. These acts complied with the policies and procedures set forth by the company.
In addition, Okhiria disclosed intentions to boost train speed from the present 40 km/h to 80 km/h on the Lagos-Ibadan Standard Gauge track.
Due to the increased pace, he issued a warning against engaging in any activity on the train lines, such as trading or playing on the railway.
The tracks are designed for a maximum speed of 150 kilometers per hour, and the corporation is determined not to operate below its installed capacity.