Riding on A Train Just Got Better In Lagos

INSIDEMAINLAND – The President-General of the Nigeria Union of Railway Workers, Innocent Ajiji, has disclosed that the installation of online ticket bookings and baggage scanners at the Lagos-Ibadan train station is still in the works.

He expressed reservations about the management’s proposal to integrate point of sales into the program.

The NURW president said that the management had planned for online ticket purchases and a baggage scanner at the Lagos-Ibadan train station.

He stated that advertisements had been issued for any company interested in managing online bookings and that some firms had already expressed interest.

Ajiji said, “On the Abuja rail service, tickets are sold online, so one doesn’t need to go to the train stations before buying tickets, but that of Lagos-Ibadan is a work in progress.

“One of the reasons for the delay is because the Lagos-Ibadan rail was barely opened a few months back and the attack on the Abuja-Kaduna service also contributed to the delay in the installation of these gadgets. Adverts have been placed for interested companies to apply.”

He reiterated that if online reservations begin before the end of the year, there will be no need for POS because online ticket purchases will be much easier and safer, and passengers who cannot buy online will do so at the ticketing booth.

Furthermore, the baggage scanner had been purchased but had yet to be installed. Ajiji said that the government postponed the installation due to the decline of train services as a result of the increase in diesel prices and the Abuja-Kaduna train attack.

The NURW president said, “The reduction of the daily trips as a result of diesel price hike and the Abuja-Kaduna train attack have also contributed to the delay of some of these work processes by the government.

“If not for the interruption we had with the Abuja-Kaduna train attack, we would have gone far with these processes at the Lagos-Ibadan rail.”

Also, an assistant station manager revealed that the lack of POS at the train station was a choice made by management and that online booking monitors had been installed.

He said, “It is the management’s decision not to use POS but the online booking monitor has been installed.”

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