Free Train Ride For Sallah Holiday Makers In Osun

For Sallah holiday makers in Osun State, Western Nigeria, it will again be a free train ride irrespective of their religious background. It is, perhaps, the state government’s little way of connecting with the electorate because of the coming September 22 governorship election in the state.
The state government under the watch of Governor Rauf Aregbesola, All Progressives Congress (APC), in a seeming gracious move announced that arrangements have been sealed for the annual free train service to convey holiday makers during the coming Eid-el-Kabir festival.

A statement from the Ministry of Industries, Commerce, Cooperatives and Empowerment, said the free train will, as usual, convey passengers from Lagos to Osogbo, the state capital, along the usual Lagos, Ogun, Oyo routes to the state capital.


Signed by the Commissioner in-charge of the ministry, Ismail Adekunle Jayeoba-Alagba, he noted that the first trip from Lagos will take place at 10 a.m on August 19 while the second trip will take place at the same time on August 20.


According to him, after the holiday, the train will return to Lagos at 10 a.m on August 26, adding that the gesture is in continuation of their usual practice since 2011.


”The Rauf Aregbesola administration has 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 them because government wants them to come home and enjoy the celebration with relations.


”It is also another opportunity for the citizens of Osun who are resident outside the state to come home to appreciate the massive transformations that have taken place in their state”, the commissioner said.


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