The federal government has listed Phone numbers and National Identification Numbers (NIN) as conditions for passengers to use ahead of the Abuja-Kaduna train resumption.
The Minister of Transportation, Mua’zu Sambo disclosed this on Sunday while inspecting and test-running the train route.
Sambo said this was to enable passengers to get used to the new requirements for boarding the train.
“The issue of whether the train will start tomorrow or not, we have not said the train services will start tomorrow. I want to be very categorical about that,” he said.
“Now, we have introduced a new system before you buy a ticket.
“Your purchase of a ticket requires you to provide a phone number and a national identification number in order to profile, because that is the beginning of the security checks.
“So, at any point in time when a train moves from one station to another, we know who and who is on board.
“If you don’t have a national identification number (NIN) you are not going to board our train. It is as simple as that.
“If you are a minor, an adult will pay for you and will register for you and an adult can only register for not more than four minors.”
Sambo added that the public needed to be kept abreast of the new developments before operations begin.
“Now, we want to give sufficient time for the Nigerian public to listen to these and assimilate this new system because if we start tomorrow, a lot of people will be disgruntled,” he said.
“Definitely between three, four, five days, certainly not more than a week.”
The minister further assured Nigerians that they are 90 percent ready with their plans, adding that the remaining 10 percent of measures “would be achieved in a couple of days for full resumption of train services”.