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Amaechi removes managers, porters, ticket officers over ticket racketeering at rail stations

By Joke Falaju, Abuja   |   12 August 2017   |   4:23 am

Rail

The Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, has directed that the station managers, porters and ticket officials at Idu and Rigasa rail stations be removed for alleged ticket racketeering at the stations.

Amaechi, who gave the directive while inspecting the Abuja-Kaduna rail stations yesterday in Abuja, said the action was part of efforts to resolve the complaints of passengers over ticket racketing of VIP tickets at the stations.

He decried the poor maintenance of the facilities and the untidy surroundings of the stations.

“I am removing the station managers in Idu and Rigasa. The porters and ticket officials will be removed. Let us see if it will resolve the complaints of passengers using the rail.

“Some of them have complained on the social media. I believe that if any system fails, it is because the leaders allow it to fail, and I will not allow that.

“The money we are spending monthly, is it just for diesel alone? Is it for general maintenance of all the stations and the environment? We will fix the lift within one week to ensure that passengers use it for their luggage,” he said.

Amaechi stated that removing all these officials would put a stop to workers nonchalant attitude toward work and stop ticket racketeering in the stations.

Manager of Abuja-Kaduna Train Service, Mr. Paschal Nnoli, said he had to disguise as a passenger to be able to confirm the complaints by passengers.

Nnoli said one of the portal boys was caught in the act.

Eleven ticket officials affected at the two stations are to be replaced, while the minister also scrapped the use of porter’s boys for carrying luggage.




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