Osun Contributes Significantly To Rail System Revolution In Nigeria, Says Govt

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    By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo

    Osun State government said it contributed significantly to the resuscitation and sustainability of the rail transport system in the country.

    It said the rail system would have died a natural death particularly in western Nigeria if not for its regular intervention by providing free train rides for the people during festive periods.

    This is even as the free train beneficiaries and yuletide holidaymakers hailed the government for sustaining the scheme over the years.

    The Federal Government had on Friday announced its readiness to provide free train service to the citizens during this year’s yuletide period.

    However, the free train service provided by the Osun State government to convey holidaymakers and citizens who reside outside the state, but wish to celebrate the yuletide seasons had a safe trip to Osogbo on Friday evening.

    According to government officials, no fewer than 2000 people benefited from the gesture from Lagos to Osogbo as passengers were boarding and alighting after its takeoff at the Lagos terminus till it got to the final terminus in Osogbo where majority of them alighted.

    Addressing journalists after the arrival of the train at the Osogbo terminus of the Nigerian Railway Corporation, Commissioner for Commerce, Cooperative, Industry and Empowerment, Dr. Bode Olaonipekun, said Osun had contributed immensely to the sustainability of Nigerian rail transportation system.

    He said the adoption of the free train service by the Federal Government was an attestation to the fact that Osun remains the pacesetter of good governance and pro-masses policies implementation.

    Olaonipekun, who described the gesture as a welcome development noted that the sustainability of the scheme for about 12 years was an indication that the government was primarily concerned about the welfare and well-being of the citizens.

    Speaking in turns, some of the beneficiaries who spoke to journalists applauded the state government for sustaining the laudable initiative.

    Mr. Olaniyi Olasode; Mrs. Olu Ayo and Mr. Moshood Adeyemo Raji commended the scheme which they said have given them the desired safety and comfort.

    They urged Governor Oyetola to continue with the programme as it has helped to save many lives that would have been lost to road mishaps, and given comfort to many since its inception.

     

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