By Akeeb Alarape, Osogbo
Osun State Government has offered free train service to its indigenes in Lagos as part of efforts to make the forthcoming Sallah holiday pleasurable for them.
In a statement by the state’s 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 am each day.
The train will return to Lagos on Saturday 17th. The take off time is 11 am.
A statement from government said the Governor Rauf Aregbesola led 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 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-centred 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.”