La­gos-ibadan rail line re­pairs stall Osun’s free train ride

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Osun State Gov­er­nor, Adeg­boyega Oyetola, on Satur­day said re­sump­tion of work on the La­gos-ibadan rail line would “un­avoid­ably stall the gov­ern­ment’s free train ride pro­gramme for the christmas and New Year.”

The min­is­ter of Trans­porta­tion, mr ro­timi Amaechi, had on Fri­day or­dered the china civil En­gi­neer­ing con­struc­tion cor­po­ra­tion, the con­trac­tor han­dling the 10 rail­way sta­tions along the Lagosi­badan stan­dard gauge rail line to re­sume work im­me­di­ately with a view to com­plet­ing the projects un­fail­ingly next month.

In a state­ment by the chief Press Sec­re­tary to Oyetola, Is­mail Omip­i­dan, the gov­er­nor ex­pressed re­gret that fol­low­ing the di­rec­tive by the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment, no train would be al­lowed to ply the stan­dard gauge rail line un­til com­ple­tion of the project in Jan­uary 2020.

he said the devel­op­ment had dis­rupted the free train ride pro­gramme usu­ally funded by the state gov­ern­ment in sup­port of the peo­ple.

Omip­i­dan in the state­ment noted that Oyetola had pri­ori­tised the free train ser­vices for ci­ti­zens and other trav­ellers dur­ing the fes­tiv­i­ties as his administra­tion had fol­lowed the ini­tia­tive of his pre­de­ces­sor, as­sur­ing the peo­ple that his administra­tion would re­main strongly com­mit­ted to the wel­fare of the peo­ple.

The state­ment read, “The free train ride pro­gramme is an im­por­tant part of our administra­tion’s wel­fare prom­ise. It started from the last administra­tion and has con­tin­ued un­til date. It is in ful­fil­ment of part of our cam­paign prom­ises to con­tinue with the good work started by my pre­de­ces­sor.

“We, how­ever, re­gret that hun­dreds of ben­e­fi­cia­ries of this good wel­fare pro­gramme will have to pa­tiently wait un­til the next fes­tive sea­son. This fol­lows the on­go­ing work on the Lagosi­badan rail line.

“But we are con­fi­dent that the work will be com­pleted soon as the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment, in its de­ter­mi­na­tion to en­sure com­ple­tion of the stan­dard gauge rail line project next month, has or­dered the com­pany in charge to re­sume work im­me­di­ately.

“While we strongly ap­peal for un­der­stand­ing by the good peo­ple of Osun, we would like to re­as­sure you of our com­mit­ment to the wel­fare of the peo­ple. We pray for God’s pro­tec­tion for all trav­ellers to and from Osun dur­ing and af­ter this fes­tive pe­riod and wish you all won­der­ful cel­e­bra­tions dur­ing the christmas and New Year.”

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