The Nigerian Railway Corporation has disclosed that it has received a total of 24 bids on open requests for the Lagos/Ibadan and Warri/Itakpe e-ticketing solutions for standards gauge railway operations under its Public/Private/Partnership (PPP) arrangement.
This is coming after the approval granted by the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) and the issuance of a certificate that grants NRC an Outline Business Certificate to enable it to process PPP-based online ticket sales solutions for its operations.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, this disclosure was made by the Managing Director of NRC, Mr Fidet Okhiria, at the opening of the request on Monday, November 22, in Lagos. Okhiria, who was represented by the Director of Operations, NRC, Mr Niyi Alli, said that bidders that did not meet the criteria for the open request would be disqualified adding that the operations would be on a build, operate and transfer basis.
Okhiria said that 11 companies bid for the Lagos-Ibadan e-ticketing operation while 13 companies bid for Warri-Itakpe e-ticketing standards gauge operation.
On why the corporation is going ahead with its move for e-ticketing, Okhiria said that introduction of e-ticketing had improved passenger turnout at the Abuja-Kaduna standards gauge operation.
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