The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has suspended some of its staff who appeared in a viral video, collecting cash from passengers onboard a Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge train.
In a statement signed on Wednesday by its Deputy Director, Public Relations, Yakub Mahmood, the Corporation condemned the actions of the workers, saying that it is a flagrant disobedience of laid down rules guiding the operations of the train services.
â€śFollowing a viral video that has been trending on various social media platforms, vividly showing railway workers negotiating with our esteemed passengers onboard Lagos-Ibadan Train Service (LITS) to pay without obtaining official boarding tickets, the general public is invited to note that the NRC seriously condemns such acts of misconduct which is a flagrant disobedience to laid down rules and utter betrayal of the confidence reposed on such workers, especially at this time that the Federal Government is making all efforts to revitalizing and modernizing the Corporation.
“This misconduct is regrettable and unacceptable as it negates the tenets and norms of the Corporation. The Corporation has therefore placed the identified erring officers on immediate suspension pending the outcome of the in-depth investigation already ongoing by the Management Committee set up to look into the issue.
â€śOur esteemed passengers and the general public are assured that this unwholesome attitude and image dent to the Corporation by any staff will not be tolerated nor treated with any levity. Accordingly, disciplinary proceedings in line with the extant rules citing relevant sections of the NRC General Rules and Public Service Rules (PSR) will definitely be visited on all those found wanting or connected to this irresponsible act.
â€śThe Management of the NRC wishes to use this medium to enjoin all our 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,” the statement read.
Mahmood added that electronic ticketing system is being deployed and will be available on both the Lagos-Ibadan Train Service (LITS) and the Warri-Itakpe Train Service (WITS) by end of October 2023.