Nigerian govt directs railway corporation to hand over passengers’ identification to technology firm
The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has instructed the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) to give tickets and travelers’ identities to Secure ID, the organization accountable for the E-Ticketing stage for Abuja-Kaduna rail administration.
As per Mr Amaechi, this will help in lessening episodes of wrongdoing and furthermore check security challenges on the road.
Mr Amaechi made this known when the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) visited and introduced the Full Business Case Certificates (FBC) for the Lagos-Ibadan and Itakpe-Warri E-Ticketing service, to him in Abuja.
He said the implementation of the E-Ticketing platform for Abuja-Kaduna train hindered all income spillages and expanded income on the route from about N100 million to N400 million month to month.
“The benefits of the E-Ticketing is that we rose from N100 million to N400 million per month, which is an improvement.
“We have been able to do something that will eliminate leakages.
“The one I think I may disagree with the public is the issue of ticket racketeering, I have spoken with the person in charge of Abuja-Kaduna e-ticket platform to take over the identification process from NRC.
“Because what the National Assembly told me is that NRC doesn’t cross-check the identification of passengers on the tickets. They (Secure ID) wanted to do it but they have not gotten the approval from NRC.
“So, I have told NRC to allow them to do it, so that we match faces with the names, it’s not all about crime alone but is also security, so we release it to those security outlets.
“Even though we cannot eliminate 100 percent crime and corruption, it will reduce the danger of having to run into security crises.
”So, that we know that what we are battling with is not crises 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,” Mr Amaechi said.
While introducing the FBC, Michael Ohiani, the Acting Director-General of the ICRC, said that the concession was for a time of a decade.
Mr. Ohiani is positive it will produce over N140 billion for the country in its time and provide more than 3,000 Nigerians with jobs.
“The concession is for 10 years. It is going to generate over N140 billion for the Federal Government, most importantly, it will also create job opportunities for over 3000 direct and indirect jobs.
”The next phase is for the Hon. Minister to take it to the Federal Executive Council for approval and the Ministry of Justice will now clear it,” Mr Ohiani said.