By VIctor Adeoti
Osun‘s government said it will continue to provide a free rail transportation system for the people of the state to restore its lost glory.
Dr Bode Olanipekun, state commissioner for trade, industry and cooperatives, said this while addressing the beneficiaries of the free train, who returned to Lagos on Tuesday at the Osogbo terminus of the Nigerian Railway Corporation.
The Nigeria News Agency (NAN) reports that the state government on Friday provided free train service to citizens of Osun who wanted to travel from Lagos to Osogbo for the Easter celebrations.
Olanipekun said the state government would also continue to sponsor the free train service to ease the financial burden on the citizens of Osun, who wanted to return home to celebrate with their families and loved ones during the festive times.
He said, “We will continue to invest in free train service as part of our efforts to restore the lost glory of rail transport service.
“Its supply is also in line with our economic desire to ensure flawless transport of agricultural products, semi-finished and finished products to neighboring states.”
According to Olanipekun, the need to continue investing in the railway sector is informed by the actualization of the state government’s desire to make Osun a socio-economic, commercial and industrial hub of the southwest region.
“The essence of this initiative is also to demonstrate the administration’s commitment to the well-being of the population.
“This initiative is another effort by the state government to ease the financial burdens that some citizens of the region used to incur during holiday periods.
“We all know the pace of spending by individuals during festive periods, hence the need for this initiative,” said the Commissioner.
In their separate remarks, some of the beneficiaries welcomed the initiative and pledged to continue supporting the administration of Governor Gboyega Oyetola.
Mr. Wasiu Adedayo and Ms Omoyele Nafisat, who were returning to Lagos by free train, expressed satisfaction with the arrangements put in place by the government to ensure the success of the program since its inception. (NOPE)
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