The Osun State Government has blamed a damaged train track as the reason behind its decision to suspend the free train ride for indigenes coming for the Ileya festival from Lagos and its environs.
The government in a press statement signed by the spokesperson,Olawale Rasheed noted that, Osun Gov’t had put in place proper machinery to offer the Imole Train services but was forced to suspend the service after the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) informed it of a train accident around Abeokuta – Lagos old gauge line.
Announcing the suspension of the free train ride, the Osun State Ministry of Commerce expressed regret at the inability of the state government to facilitate the free ride for indigenes during the Ileya festive period.
The State Government explained that all rail lines are under the purview of the federal government, and as such, the issue of the damaged lines was totally out of the control of the state government.
It also noted that the State Government could not continue with the free train ride service out of concern for the safety of passengers, which the damaged track has put into serious doubt.
Adeleke’s administration recognizes the immediate challenge that the suspension of the free train ride service portends, and assures of ongoing efforts to avoid similar experience in the future.
The Osun State Government under Governor Adeleke assured citizens of sustained commitment to their well-being, wishing Muslims in Osun state and beyond a hitch-free celebration.