By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
In its continued effort to make life meaningful and abundant for the people, the Government of Osun State has said that its free Easter train service will begin on Good Friday.
A statement by the state Commissioner for Commerce, Cooperatives and Empowerment, Mr. Ismail Jayeoba Alagbada, said the first train would take off from Iddo Terminus in Lagos to Osogbo by 10am on Friday, 18th April, 2014.
The service, he added, would allow indigenes and people living in Osun and its environs to come home and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ with their families and loved ones.
Alagbada noted that the last round of the trip would be on Easter Monday, 21st April, 2014, when passengers would return from Osogbo to Lagos by 11am.
According to him, the gesture is in line with Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s administration initiative to make life better for the people of the state.
He said, “The government of Aregbesola is a people-friendly government, a government totally committed to unlocking the latent potential in our people.
“For the fourth year running, free train ride has become a tradition in the state, particularly during festive periods.
“I want to use this opportunity to urge our people to grab this unique opportunity provided by the governor and join the ride to spend your Easter holiday in Osun where you stand the chance to get closer to the most endowed tourist land in the South West.”
The free train initiative is to convey indigenes of the state from Lagos and some cities in the southwest to and from Osogbo during festive seasons.