Legislators within the House of Representatives are set to research alleged railway ticket racketeering after Nairametrics uncovered the menace in a particular report in March.
The House of Representatives resolved to do that after they allegedly discovered that ticket racketeering actions have been being carried out by operators of the Abuja and Kaduna railway stations.
— House of Reps NGR (@HouseNGR) May 4, 2021
What lawmakers are saying about racketeering
Zayyad Ibrahim of APC from Kaduna on the plenary, on Tuesday, mentioned:
“The e-Ticketing System for the Abuja-Kaduna train services enabled commuters to book tickets online, thus curbing ticket racketeering and the stress of purchasing tickets at the train stations.
“[We are] concerned that ticket racketeering, which the e-Ticketing System sought to eradicate, is still going on unabated, as tickets can no longer be adequately accessed online due to the mischievous activities of some people, who buy wholesale tickets and resell to passengers at exorbitant prices.
“Taking cognizance of the fact that if the activities of racketeers are not curbed, passengers will continue to be denied the privilege of accessing the train services as, sometimes, a train may leave the station without carrying the required number of passengers, because the tickets are not accessible or affordable to the majority of passengers.”
The House urged the administration of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) to strengthen their inside mechanisms with a view to eradicating ticket racketeering.
In his ruling, the Speaker of the House, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, mandated the Committee on Land Transport to research the matter and report again inside two weeks for additional legislative motion.
What you must know concerning the e-Ticketing system
The Abuja-Kaduna practice providers have been formally commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari on twenty sixth July 2016, to offer a substitute for highway transportation within the space.
There had been an incredible enhance in passengers at Idu and Kubwa stations in Abuja, in addition to at Rigasa in Kaduna, because of elevated patronage following safety challenges on the Abuja and Kaduna Expressway. But it seems that that the rise in passengers led to ticket-racketeering, an unsightly apply.
On March 16, 2021, Nairametrics printed a particular report the place Nigerians lamented over the latest hike in practice fares, which a lot of them mentioned was unlawful.
Aside from the difficulties and over 100% hike within the fares, many of the victims, who spoke with Nairametrics, urged the Federal Government via the Rotimi Amaechi-led Ministry of Transportation to research the allegations and expose the actions of the corrupt people concerned within the menace.