The Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) in Lagos on Saturday organised a free train ride as part of celebrations to mark Nigeria’s 56th Independence Day.
The NRC Lagos District Manager, Jerry Oche, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the purpose of the exercise was to showcase the corporation’s rejuvenated train service.
“We organised this special independence train service to showcase that we are fully back on track.
“It was sponsored by Flour Mills Nigeria and Chellarams.
“We are also planning to organise trips like this to Abeokuta for sightseeing to the Olumo Rock,’’ Mr. Oche said.
Some of the fun seekers who thronged the corporation’s Iddo Terminus, told NAN that the ride was a befitting way to celebrate the country’s independence from colonial rule.
“The independence train ride is a good thing and NRC should always organise such rides for subsequent festivals.
“Although, this is not my first time on the train, I, however, appreciate this gesture because but for this, l would have been home watching cartoons.
“It has been so much fun, especially being with other children on the train,’’ nine-year-old Abdulmajeed Mohammed said.
Another passenger, 16 -year-old Daniel Umoh, described the ride as a memorable experience.
Mr. Umoh said, “There is no better way to celebrate the independence.’’
A traditional ruler in Isale Akoka, Lagos, Olusegun Aroyewu, said he brought his grandchildren to enjoy the special independence train ride to show them that Nigeria operated train services.
“I know that with the trains back on the track, Nigeria too will survive the recession period it is presently going through,’’ he said.
Mr. Aroyewu urged Nigerians to use the nation’s Independence Day to pray for the present administration to move forward,
NAN reports that the train ride took off from the Ebute-Meta Junction in Lagos to Ijoko in Ogun State.
NAN also reports that the regular train ride costs N750 for children, while adults paid N1,500 for the same distance. (NAN)