So when are we going to start talking about the illegalities happening at our various Train Stations in Nigeria? Last week, on Thursday, at exactly 5:55am, I was at the Kubwa Train Station trying to board the first Train to Kaduna. It was my first time attempting to board a Train to Kaduna (I hardly visit Kaduna). One thing caught my attention, the tickets boycotting or permit me to say; “tickets racketeering”. I saw how people got their tickets from the Station workers and end up paying double the usual amount. They will then boycott the queue, head to the security check and then to the boarding hall. I was not in a hurry anyway, so I stayed calm. Shortly after, same incidence kept on occurring and I moved forward to the Policeman in-charge of the entrance. I told him “oga, e be like say you no know say na wrong thing una dey play for our eyes… and hope you know say tension still high for dis country as e be now?…. You better do the needful or only me go scatter this place and nobody go pass without joining this line”. Oga Police wan form the normal threatening pattern wey dem dey do for people. I replied him “Oga, dey careful, I dey woke and I fit change am for you here, no think am”. I went back and joined the line. This kept on persisting. Those who arrived at the terminal 2hrs after us will somehow get their tickets before us who have been standing there. Amazing!
While I heard a young man like myself at a distant shouting “this is injustice… This is injustice. We won’t tolerate such”. I walked up to him and said “Egbon, make we go scatter that place. Make dem allow everyone enter or else we go block that place”. He agreed, we moved forward to the security entrance, told the police man “Oga nobody go enter with ticket from outside or you go allow all of us enter…”. They saw the momentum we were gathering, people were beginning to gained same energy and they joined in the little protest. The security personnel quickly rushed and locked the entrance door. We kept on shouting, banging the door and we forcefully pushed it from the outside until it got opened. Everyone struggled in and finally got their tickets from the stand. I saw tickets stacked in full in their wardrobe. These tickets, if dished out appropriately and judiciously it might take the workers 3days to sell it all. So this was a sheer wickedness to reap off from the poor. While we were waiting for the Train to arrive from Idu Station, they started praising me and the other guy, saying “thank you sir, thank you sir, if not for you men, we for still dey stand outside and fit missed this train because of their greed”.
But wait, if the country security system is working just fine and people can ply which ever routs they want to, will such workers of our train stations take advantage of the people’s fear? No be their fault sha.
Reliably, i was told that at the Station, the station workers will intentionally delayed the sell of tickets so that you do be left with no options but rather than to buy the tickets off the stand for a double price. They know for you to arrive the station hours before takeoff, you wouldn’t want to missed your boarding. This is understood to be the normal thing happening in our train stations cut across the country. People now buy common train tickets with their teeth. Shameful. Why won’t tickets be sold online. You pay via remital, quickteller or something similar? Why must the system be design to give a chance for fraudulent activities? Why we dey like suffer ourselves for this country?
But to be honest, I felt happy I led a small fight against injustice at the train station. And I will dare do such again if I find myself in same or similar happenings.
Nigerians should all buy a lamp. For the days ahead are still dark. No cap.
- Ninzomania 2020.