By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Osun State Government has explained that the sustainability of the free train service during festive periods was aimed at easing the financial burden on the people of the State who wish to travel home to celebrate with families and loved ones.
The State Commissioner for Commerce, Industry, Cooperatives and Empowerment, Dr. Bode Olaonipekun who made this known in Osogbo on Tuesday said the State government is also investing in the scheme as part of efforts to restore the lost glory of the rail transport service.
The administration of Governor Gboyega Oyetola had on assumption of office ordered the continuation of the free train service inherited from the previous administration as part of efforts to meet the transportation needs of the citizens living outside the state particularly during the festivities.
The government had last week Friday provided the free train service for the Easter holidaymakers from Lagos to Osogbo, the state capital in fulfillment of its avowed commitment to champion the citizens’ needs.
Speaking during the return of the train in Osogbo terminus of the Nigerian Railway Corporation, Olaonipekun noted that the need to continue to invest in the sector was informed by the actualisation of the administration’s resolve to turn Osun to socioeconomic, commercial and industrial hub of the southwest region.
The commissioner who said the administration of Oyetola was poised to turn Osun to food-basket of the region, noted that the vision could only be achieved and taken to fruition if the necessity is done to revatilise the moribund sector.
According to him, some of the positive results of the recently convocated Osun Investment and Economic Summit premised on the need for the state to revamp its agriculture sector could only be achieved if the rail sector was properly resucitated.
In their separate remarks, some of the beneficiaries of the free train service who returned to their destinations commended the initiative and promised to continue to support the administration of Governor Oyetola.