Leadership (Abuja)

26 December 2012

Nigeria: Encomia, Prayers Trail Aregbesola's Free Train Service

Encomia and prayers were visited on the Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, yesterday, as the free train service offered by the state government for Christmas and New Year conveyed the second batch of passengers from Lagos to Osogbo.

The first batch of the free train service started on Sunday, with thousands of indigenes of Osun and other neighbouring states like Oyo, Ogun and Kwara living in Lagos transported to Osogbo free of charge.

There was a sharp increase in the number of passengers that joined the train on Monday.

The train which took off from Iddo Railway terminus in Lagos, at exactly 10 am had stopped over in Agege, Abeokuta and Ibadan where additional passengers joined it, just as some alighted, having reached their destinations.

Speaking one after the other inside the train, some of the passengers described Aregbesola as a masses-loving governor whose gesture has positively affected the lives of many people.

Prophet Oyewole Sunday, an indigene of Ile-Ogbo, who was part of the free rail trip, described the free rail service as incomparable, as no government has ever achieved such.

Flanked by his wife and three kids in the train, Oyewole said, "Apart from the fact that it is safer, what we would have spent on fare would have been enormous and with this gesture, such money would be used to take care of some other things.

"If no other thing, that is even enough, especially during this festive period and Aregbesola deserves nothing other than prayers, commendations and supports from the people", he said.

Mr. Ogunlade Olusegun, a fresh graduate said that Aregbesola is a governor that deserves appreciation from Nigerians and should be emulated.

He said, "This is a value added initiative that would ensure the development of our country and ensure better living standard for the people".

Mrs Bamiduro Racheal was on her way to Igbajo in Boluwaduro Local Government and joined the train. She stressed that the free rail service had a lot of impact on the less-privileged.

The train would depart Osogbo on Wednesday after Christmas to take passengers back to Lagos.

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