The Home of Representatives on Tuesday resolved to analyze alleged ticket racketeering by operators of the Abuja and Kaduna railway stations.
NAN experiences that the decision was sequel to a unanimous adoption of a movement by Rep. Zayyad Ibrahim (APC – Kaduna) on the plenary, on Tuesday.
Transferring the movement earlier, Ibrahim recalled that the Abuja-Kaduna prepare providers was formally commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari on 26 July 2016, to supply a substitute for highway transportation within the space.
He stated that there had been an incredible enhance in passengers at Idu and Kubwa stations in Abuja, in addition to at Rigasa in Kaduna, attributable to elevated patronage following safety challenges on the Abuja and Kaduna Expressway.
The lawmaker stated that the rise in passengers had led to ticket-racketeering, an unpleasant apply that led to the arrest of 5 suspects in 2019 by operatives of the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC).
“On 21 January, 2021, the Minister of Transportation formally launched the automated e-Ticketing System to handle complaints of ticket racketeering operated by Secured 18 Firm Restricted, a non-public agency, underneath a Public-Personal-Partnership with the Federal Authorities for N900million, which the concessionaire is predicted to pay again in 10 years.
“The e-Ticketing System for the Abuja-Kaduna prepare providers enabled commuters to guide tickets on-line, thus curbing ticket racketeering and the stress of buying tickets on the prepare stations.
“Involved that ticket racketeering, which the e-Ticketing System sought to eradicate, continues to be happening unabated, as tickets can now not be adequately accessed on-line because of the mischievous actions of some folks, who purchase wholesale tickets and resell to passengers at exorbitant costs.
“Taking cognisant of the truth that if the actions of racketeers should not curbed, passengers will proceed to be denied the privilege of accessing the prepare providers as, typically, a prepare might go away the station with out carrying the required variety of passengers, as a result of the tickets should not accessible or inexpensive to majority of passengers,’’ he stated.
The Home urged the administration of the Nigerian Railway Company (NRC) to strengthen their inner mechanisms with a view to eradicating ticket racketeering.
Ruling, the Speaker of the Home, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila mandated the Committee on Land Transport to analyze the matter and report again inside two weeks for additional legislative motion.