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Railway corporation to hand over passengers’ ID to tech firm

The Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, has directed the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) to hand over ticketing and passenger identity to the company contracted to co-ordinate the E-Ticketing platform for the Abuja-Kaduna rail service.

In a statement, the Ministry’s Director of Press, Mr Eric Ojiekwe, said the directive was given when the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) presented the Full Business Case Certificates (FBC) for the Lagos-Ibadan and Itakpe-Warri E-Ticketing services to the Ministry.

According to him, the use of the E-Ticketing technology for Abuja-Kaduna raised monthly income from roughly N100 million to N400 million, thus preventing revenue leakages.

“…so that we know that what we are battling with is not a crisis in our terminals but on the way, and I believe that that also will be sorted out as we go to cabinet for approval of the security gadgets.”

According to the statement, the ICRC’s Acting Director-General, Mr Michael Ohiani, had briefed the Minister that the 10-year concession would produce more than N140 billion and create over 3,000 direct and indirect jobs.

Writing by Fubara Pepple; Editing by Saadatu Albashir