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NRC suspends staff for collecting fares from passengers without tickets

The official was caught on video taking money from passengers without official boarding tickets on-board a Lagos-Ibadan train service.

• October 5, 2023
The Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) Headquarters
The Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) Headquarters

The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has suspended a staff member for misconduct and disobedience to laid down rules of the corporation.

The Deputy Director, Public Relations, Mahmood Yakub, said this in a statement in Lagos on Wednesday.

Mr Yakub said that the NRC management suspended the erring staff following a viral video that had been trending on various social media platforms.

He said that the video had shown the staff negotiating with passengers on-board a Lagos-Ibadan Train Service (LITS) to pay without obtaining an official boarding ticket.

“The General Public is invited to note that the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) seriously condemns such act of misconduct which is a flagrant disobedience to laid down rules and utter betrayal of the confidence reposed on such workers.

“NRC also condemns such an act, especially at this time that the Federal Government is making all efforts at revitalising and modernising the Corporation.

“The Corporation has therefore placed the identified erring officers on immediate suspension pending the outcome of the in-depth investigation by the Management Committee set up to look into the issue.

“This misconduct is regrettable and unacceptable as it negates the tenets and norms of the Corporation,” Mr Yakubu said.

He assured the public that such an unwholesome attitude and image dent to the corporation by any staff would not be tolerated or treated with any levity.

According to him, disciplinary proceedings in line with the Extant Rules, citing relevant sections of the NRC General Rules and Public Service Rules (PSR), would definitely be visited on all those found wanting or connected to any irresponsible act.

He said that the NRC management enjoined all intending passengers on LITS and other train corridors to insist and demand for boarding tickets after making appropriate payment at the designated stations or book online appropriately.

Mr Yakubu noted that the electronic ticketing system is being deployed and would be available on both the Lagos-Ibadan Train Service and the Warri-Itakpe Train Service (WITS) by the end of October.

(NAN)

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