Abuja train operators ignore Buhari’s free ride directive, sell tickets at inflated price

Abuja railway operators have defied the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government’s directive on free train rides for the Yuletide season, as they have continued to sell tickets at exorbitant prices to passengers 

Recall that INTEL REGION  reported that The Federal Government has declared free train rides for citizens from December 24, 2021 to January 4, 2022.

Managing Director, Nigeria Railway Corporation, Fidet Okhiria, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Abuja.

He said, ”The decision which was made in collaboration with the Ministry of Transportation, is to ease movement of citizens during the yuletide.

”This is to help ease the cost of transportation and enable citizens move easily enjoy the festive period.

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”Passengers are, however, advised to ensure they obtain their tickets from appropriate quarters at no cost, to enable them gain access and enter the trains.

” All passengers are also enjoined to observe and obey COVID-19 rules by wearing of face mask, washing and sanitising of hands. “

However, several passengers have taken to twitter to report the inflated price by the Abuja Operators

“This morning on Christmas Day, corrupt railway officials are still selling ‘FG Free Train Tickets’ at IDU Train Station in Abuja as high as N12,000 for Nigerians. Obviously, the Ministry of Transportation and NRA aren’t doing enough to curb this inhuman act,” Deji Adesogan, a notable security  analyst on Twitter has  said.

Adesogan also noted that the travelers who had relied on the means of travelling “massively” purchased the tickets.

But another Twitter user, @Bizzylyks, also claimed that passengers paid N8,000 for the ticket as of Friday evening.

“My aunt’s child and some of their mates went for a football trial in Abuja, they paid for tickets today, they suffered before they even got the ticket for 6:00pm. I even informed them that it’s free today,” he wrote as of 8:50pm on Friday.

Another user, Maclams wrote, “Abuja to Kaduna Train ticket is N8,000. State of the country! My sis came in today and some other friends and that’s what it cost them.”

Meanwhile, users confirmed that passengers from Lagos to Ibadan were not charged for boarding the train.

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