Abuja-Kaduna train service generates N100m monthly - NRC
Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has revealed that the Abuja-Kaduna Train Service (AKTS) generates an average of N100million monthly.
Managing Director, NRC, Fidet Okhiria, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
In his words, "It is quite impressive. I can tell you as we speak we have over N100million a month on the Kaduna-Abuja.
"I don't have the figure off-hand but all I know is that we are averaging over a hundred million".
The NRC boss expressed satisfaction with the increased turnout of passenger at the AKTS, adding that the government was making efforts to address the passenger surge on the train line.
He said:" We are happy with the turnout of people and as I said earlier, once we have the coaches and we start rolling a train every hour, the pressure will come down.
"Like I told the Minister, it is not just the number of coaches but the trips we run that will reduce the pressure because different people will have different times to board the train. For now, let's just bear it till November when the new coaches will be available.
"And as I tell people, now we are getting the attention and it's another milestone. Four years back nobody was talking about railway; but now everybody, the big, mighty and small are now talking about using the train.
"It is getting popular, people are paying attention and the management, board and staff are gearing up to make sure that we meet the needs and demands of Nigerians. "
On the e-ticketing, Okhiria said measures were also in place to ensure the e-ticketing for the country's train line met the international standard.
According to him, the e-ticketing platform would not only guarantee orderliness in purchasing of a ticket but would address some significant security challenges by ensuring the database of all passengers boarding the train was captured in case of emergencies.
According to the NRC boss, the procurement process for the platform would soon be concluded and in a matter of weeks, the contract for the project would be awarded.
On security, the NRC boss said the corporation had introduced more security personnel and measures that would ensure the safety of persons and the trains.
"We are also trying to introduce some technology into our train operation to ensure that we monitor the trains with the signalling solution which we are providing," he said. (NAN)