Effective from May, intending passengers on trains will have to show their National Identity Number (NIN) for them to travel by rail.
This policy is on her of the terrorists attracted on the Abuja-Kaduna train last month in which right passengers died, and several were injured and kidnapped. The train had 362 passengers and 20 crew members on board when it was attacked
Fidget Okhiria, Managing Director, Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), said Thursday that the NIN is required for profiling passengers.
Safety has been a concern in Nigeria following the spate of insecurity and Okhiria said the new development would enhance the safety and security of rail users.
“The process of linking passengers to their NIN for improved profiling is ongoing. This layer of passenger screening will commence by May.
“The Abuja-Kaduna Train Service (AKTS) will resume as soon as possible with additional security measures put in place,’’ Okhiria stated.
The NRC suspended the Abuja-Kaduna route following the March 28 attack by assailants.
Okhiria said the security agencies were working tirelessly to ensure the rescue and release of all abducted passengers.
“While we continue to sympathise with families of those who lost or have not seen their loved ones, we encourage anyone still looking for a loved one to please call us.
“The numbers to call are:08033546208, 08060044600 and 07066700150.
“The corporation will continue to update the general public of the latest developments,’’ he stated.
Okhiria added that the NRC had re-railed the last rolling stock affected in the attack.
“This means that all the 14 de-railed rolling stock (11 coaches, two rescue coaches and one Locomotive engine on the Rescue Train) have all been re-railed from the incident site to our stations at Idu, Abuja and Rigasa, Kaduna.
“Intensive track repair work continues at it. An advanced level of track repairs has been achieved and hopefully, it will be rounded off in 10 days,’’ he explained.
“The NRC expresses its profound gratitude to security agencies for the continued support, especially for the security cover availed our officials and staff at the incident site,’’ Okhiria stated