Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Again, Osun provides free train service for yuletide

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The free train will benefit people going to Ogun, Oyo, and Osun State from Lagos.

Nigerian’s who wish to travel from Lagos to Osun by train for Christmas need not bother with payment has the Osun State Government has made arrangements for a free train ride.

The free train will convey passengers from Lagos to Osogbo, the Osun capital on Sunday, December 23; and Monday, December 24; the governor has said.

In a statement by the Director of Communications and Strategy, at the Governor’s Office, Semiu Okanlawon, the state government said the free “Omoluabi Train” rides will leave Lagos by 9:00 a.m. each day.

“On the 26th, Boxing Day, the train will transport people from Osogbo to Lagos by 10am.

“Similarly, there would be return trips from Lagos to Osogbo between 30th and 1st January 2013 by 9am daily.

“A final trip from Osogbo to Lagos would follow on 2nd January, departing at 10am,” the government said.

This gesture by the Osun Government aims to facilitate smooth and hitch-free transportation for people coming to the state during the yuletide.

However, it is not only those travelling to Osun that will benefit as the train would stop to pick and drop passengers at all the stations along the route to Osogbo; including those in Ogun and Oyo States.

“This arrangement by the Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola administration to the people, who intend to visit home during the Christmas and the New Year, is to ensure that they do not experience hardship associated with public transportation during this season,” the statement said.

The free train scheme started in 2011 and has since been a regular gesture from the government to the people during Christian and Muslim festival periods. The last was during the Eid -el Kabir Festival in October this year.

“Osun Government has thus eased the usual transportation problem and hike in fare hitherto normally encountered by commuters during this rush period,” the statement said.

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