FG launches N900m e-Ticketing platform for Abuja-Kaduna train service, private firm SecureID to manage it for 10 years.
Federal Government of Nigeria has saddled private firm, SecureID, with the responsibility of managing the Abuja-Kaduna e-ticketing platform for 10 years. Meanwhile, the responsibility includes the generation of up to N900 million before handing over to the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NCR).
The Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi made the known during the official launch of the e-ticketing platform held virtually.
The minister noted that the online ticketing marks the beginning of automation of ticket sales. This would apply to all major stations in Abuja- Kaduna train service. He said the E-ticketing is in line with global world best practices and will enhance efficiency.
Speaking further, Ameachi noted that the system saves time, promote accountability, reduce ticket racketeering, reduce leakage and promote economic growth.
The Minister further stated that it is a Public Private Partnership (PPP) valued at N900 million which the concessionaire (SecureID) will provide, then run the facility for 10 year to recoup its investment before reverting ownership to the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC).
Present in the virtual launching is the Chairman of the Governing Board, NRC, Ibrahim Alhassan Musa. While reacting, he said that the e- ticketing solution finally brings to an end the persistent allegation of ticket racketeering at the train Station.
According to the Chief Executive Officer, Secure ID Solutions, Kofo Akinkugbe, the launch heralds the nation’s entry into the new age of multi-model ticketing in public transportation. In the meantime, it would enhance passengers convenience, efficiency and accountability for operators. The system would also provide data for government for better decision making.
Kofo further stated that the e-ticketing solution has issued 25,000 tickets online. The issuance came after successful pilot program as of Thursday. Meanwhile, it has informed intending commuters on the Abuja–Kaduna rail corridor to assess the e–ticketing solution online.
According to her, all solutions offer a increased customer experience such as convenient ticket purchase 24 hours a day, seat selection, secure online payments, no physical interaction amongst others.