Even if work or business has taken them to far away states or countries, religious and cultural festivals provide Nigerian people with the opportunity to reunite back home with loved ones. This necessitates movement and so folks are often seen travelling home to celebrate these occasions. This is because such celebrations brings and bonds families together. Whether they are travelling by air, road or train; prior to the D-day, the major means of transportation in Nigeria always witness heavy activities.
The Eid-el-Fitri or Mubarak celebrations commence today and the indigenes of Osogbo are likely to travel home to in the festivities. To facilitate this, the Osun state government is providing free train rides from Lagos to destinations in Osun.
1. Osun governor announces on free train services in Eid-el-Fitri celebration
The Governor of Osun state recently announced this provision, solely for Osun indigenes in Lagos State who intend to travel to celebrate the Eid-el-Fitri Festival with their families.
The free train service takes off from Iddo terminal in Lagos
This statement was disclosed in Osogbo by Mr Bola Oyebamiji who is the Supervisory Director for Ministry of Finance, Commerce, Industries and Cooperatives on Saturday. He said,
“The free train service will depart the Iddo Terminus in Lagos on Monday, June 3, with stopovers at designated train stations in Ogun and Oyo States to pick up passengers, and is expected to arrive at the Nelson Mandela Train Park Station in Osogbo by 6:00 p.m,’’
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2. When is the free return train from Osun to Lagos?
After its departure on Monday, Mr. Oyebamiji added that the train will return from its Osogbo trip on Thursday, June 6th at about 10.00 am to the Iddo Terminus in Lagos. Though it would have picked and discharged passengers in Oyo and Ogun states train stations before making an enter into Lagos.
This is not the first time the Osun state administration has offered this kind service to its indigenes during festivals or religious celebrations since 2011.
It will be the third time the indigenes are provided with free train services from Lagos. According to him, such services were provided to its citizens to 'provide relief' as they travel home for the celebrations. Aside the Osun state indigenes, other neighboring states such as Oyo, Ogun, Ekiti, Kwara and Ondo have also benefited from this free treat and these also includes millions of people, the Minister concluded.
The Osun governor's announcement has brought joys to millions of people in this festival
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