Osun Approves Free Train For Sallah Holiday Makers

The Osun government yesterday announced that arrangements have been concluded for the annual free train service to convey holiday makers during the coming Eid-el-Kabir festival.

In a statement by the Ministry of Industries, Commerce, Cooperatives and Empowerment, the government said the free train will, as usual, convey passengers from Lagos to Osogbo, the state capital, along the usual Lagos, Ogun, Oyo routes to the state capital.

The statement, by the Commissioner, Ismail Adekunle Jayeoba-Alagba, noted that the first trip from Lagos will take place at 10 a.m on August 19 while the second trip will take place at the same time on August 20.

After the holiday, the statement said, the train will return to Lagos at 10 a.m on August 26.

The government said the gesture is in continuation of its usual practice since 2011.

The statement said: “The Rauf Aregbesola administration has been doing this in the last eight years to facilitate easy movement during festivities. We, therefore, urge 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.

“It is also another opportunity for the citizens of Osun who are resident outside the state to come home to appreciate the massive transformations that have taken place in their state.”