The Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) will launch its web-based online ticket sales service in September says NRC Managing Director Fidet Okhiria.
He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) here Thursday that NRC was at the final stage of implementing the online ticketing system after completing the technical and commercial processes, under a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement to provide the infrastructure.
Meanwhile, eight parties have so far expressed interest to run the web-based ticketing system and the winner will be selected this week to complete the whole process.
Before September or October we will go online, so that people can buy their tickets online, We want to make sure that the arrangement is secure, and that is why we are taking our time. We will also have the NRC app that you can download on Play Store; we are going to that stage very soon," said Okhiria.
Also by September, people can buy their tickets online from their respective homes; we are trying to have many vendors.
Okhiria, however, said that his focus for 2018 was to have an improved locomotives output with the arrival of the spare parts which were ordered in 2017 so as to boost their reliability.
He attributed the poor movement of haulage by rail to inadequate rolling stock and locomotive reliability, which is low compared with the demand.
He said much more cargo can be moved by rail when the tracks are worked on, with enough rolling stock and locomotives to meet the high demand.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK