Caught In The Act! Amechi Sacks Train Station Officials
Nigeria’s rail system is still being reformed and some of the issues in the sector has surfaced in the removal of some station managers, porters and ticketing officers.
The incident occurred at train stations in Idu and Rigasa towns along the Abuja-Kaduna axis.
The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, directed the removal of the officials for alleged ticket racketeering at the stations.
Amaechi gave the directive while inspecting the Abuja-Kaduna rail stations on Friday in Abuja.
He also decried the poor maintenance of the facilities, as well as 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’s 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 allowed it to fail and I will not allow that.
“The money we are spending monthly, is it just for diesel alone? It is 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.
The Minister also expressed belief that removing these officials would put a stop to workers' nonchalant attitude and attempts to steal.
Reports suggest that 11 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.