Osun to provide free train ride at Eid-el-Adha

Yinka Salaam, Osogbo

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As usual, indigenes of Osun in Nigeria willing to travel home during Eid-el-Adha festival will have free train ride from Lagos to Osogbo, the State capital.

The Commissioner for Industries, Commerce and Cooperatives, Mr Ismaila Jayeoba-Alagbada said the move remains part of government commitment to’ welfare of the citizens.

In a statement, Jayeoba-Alagbada said the train first trip is expected to leave the Iddo Terminus of the Nigerian Railway Corporation, Lagos, on Sunday August 19, for Osogbo.

The second trip will leave Lagos for Osogbo on Monday, August 20.

The commissioner said, on the return trip, the train would leave Osogbo for Lagos after the celebration on August 26.

Jayeoba-Alagbada explained that the free train service was in continuation of the good gesture of Governor Rauf Aregbesola-led administration since 2011.

“The Aregbesola administration had been doing this in the last eight years to facilitate easy movement during festivities.

“We, therefore, urge the people to make the best use of the opportunities the free train offers to come home and enjoy the celebration with relations,” he said.

The statement said the gesture provides another opportunity for the citizens of Osun, who are resident outside the State to appreciate the massive transformation that has taken place in the State within a short period.

Sammie Idika