NRC sacks and demotes staff over ticket racketeering

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The Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) says it has fired several staff who were discovered to be involved in ticket racketeering while others with lesser offences have been demoted.

Mr Fidet Okhiria, Managing Director of the NRC, stated this on Wednesday, Nov. 22, during an interactive session organized by the House of Representatives Committee on Finance on the 2024-2026 Medium-Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper (MTEF/FSP).

He was responding to a question from the chairman of the committee, Hon. James Abiodun Faleke, that “Social media clips show how your staffers are engaging in ticket racketeering.”

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Okhiria said: “This is true, and the solution to that is e-ticketing, and the government has approved that.

He said the corporation was working with the security agencies to arrest the menace, adding that many of the staff involved in the dastard act had been sacked, and some had been demoted depending on the offence they committed.

However, the office of the Accountant General for the Federation expressed concern that the NRC only remitted N345 million in revenue to government coffers for 2023, adding that the remittances covered January to September.

Faleke, however, expressed worry about the revenue generated, adding that “our concern is that if we expect so much revenue from NRC and we aren’t getting it, then there is a problem.

“I think we should take the decision that the railway should self-fund and take care of their costs and remit to the government the surplus.”

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