Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Eld-El-Kabir: Passengers stranded at Lagos railway terminus

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The Railway Corporation boss said they were not aware.

 

Scores of commuters using the Lagos-Ilorin Mass Transit Train Service were on Tuesday stranded at the Nigerian Railway Corporation, Iddo, and other terminus in Lagos metropolis over shortage of coaches.

The passenger train that left Lagos for Ilorin was overcrowded with many commuters sitting on its floor and some standing.

Some of the passengers said they were avoiding the high cost of road transportation during Eld-El-Kabir festival.

A cross section of commuters expressed displeasure that the corporation could not provide enough trains during the festival.

A civil servant, Ismaila Awopetu, lamented that the Railway Corporation was unable to put in place necessary arrangements for the Lagos-Ilorin passenger train.

“They are only running this train service in a careless way because if it were to be privately owned, arrangements would have been made to accommodate the crowd.

“NRC (Railway Corporation) management should always make arrangements ahead of festivity.”

A business woman, Fausat Idris, who was lucky to board the train with her four children, said that she slept at the station with her children in other not to miss the train.

“We missed the train last year and since I do not have enough money to pay the high cost of transport fare and the risk of traveling by road.”

Mr. and Mrs. Rasheed Shittu, and their four children, who were stranded at the station, expressed displeasure at management of the train service.

“I am disappointed because I have to go back home with my family and try our luck again on Thursday,” Rasheed said.

The Lagos Railway District Manager, Paul Ndibe, said: “We did not envisage this influx of people because we thought many will not be traveling today (Tuesday) since the public holiday has been fixed for Thursday and Friday.

“We have made adequate arrangements for train to travel to Ilorin on Thursday.”

Meanwhile, Ademuyiwa Adekanbi, NRC District Public Relations Officer, said that the Governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola, would on Wednesday and Thursday provide free train ride from Lagos to Osogbo.

Mr. Adekanbi said that the free train would take off by 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday and 11:00 a.m. on Thursday.

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