Passengers using the Train line between Kaduna-Abuja have been complaining of hoarding of tickets which they view with serious concern.
Daily Trust correspondent visited the station yesterday and observed that customers came as early as 12 noon for the train scheduled to leave around 2 pm and are told that tickets had finished.
Commuters believe that urgent steps need to be taken to address the issue of ticketing, as the survival of the train service was under threat due to this.
One commuter Gloria James Said, “Last Friday, I was at the train station at 1 pm to buy a ticket for the 4 pm ride only to be told the tickets had been sold out. It was later around 4 pm when the train came that I was able to buy a second-class ticket for N2, 000 instead of N1, 050. Fortunately, today, I had no difficulty purchasing a ticket. I hope the government looks into the matter to save the train service, especially with the cases of kidnapping along the Abuja-Kaduna road,”
Mrs Hajara Idris a commuter from Kaduna Said her commute was fantastic, and she had never been a victim of ticket hoarding “I loved the experience. I got a first class ticket and I was given a number. When the train stopped at the terminal, we were asked to queue.
“I have never been a victim of ticket hoarding but I heard people close to me grumble about it.”
Reacting to the allegations the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) said that there was no truth in the allegations. The director of operations Mr Niyi Ali said that it was not possible to hoard the tickets.