As Sallah holiday makers get ready for the 2016 Eid-il-Kabir festival, the Government of Rauf Aregbesola of Osun has announced free train ride for those wishing to travel home.
In a statement by the Ministry of Industries, Commerce, Cooperatives and Empowerment, the free train commences conveyance of people coming for the festival from Lagos to Osogbo on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September by 10 a.m. each day.
The train will return to Lagos on Saturday, September 17. The take off time is 11 a.m.
A statement from government said Mr. Aregbesola’s administration had been doing this in the last six years to facilitate easy movement during festivities.
The ministry admonished the people to make the best use of the opportunities the free train offers them because government wants them to come home and enjoy the celebration with relations.
The statement explained, “This tradition of free train ride introduced by Mr. Aregbesola’s government is aimed at facilitating very convenient movement of people and goods.
“This welfare package from Governor Aregbesola has taken care of both Islamic and Christian festivities in the last six years and this is with a view to boosting the economy of the state.
“It is this ease of movement during festival periods that informed the introduction of the scheme by the people-centered administration of Aregbesola.
“Therefore, it is the wish of government that our people from Lagos, Ogun and Oyo States trail corridors would seize this opportunity to visit home and celebrate with their relatives.”