Free train rides giving relief to many— NRC District Manager

Mr Augustine Arisa

LAGOS- The Lagos District Manager, Nigerian Railway Corporation, Mr Augustine Arisa, says the presidential initiative on free train services during the festive season has given succour to many travellers.

Arisa made this know in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, on Saturday.

He commended the Federal Government for supporting the masses during the festive period to have opportunity to celebrate with their loved ones, without the burden of transportation cost.

The manager said that the service loaded 6002 passengers daily on Mass Transit Train (MTT) from Lagos to Ijoko, and 1,250 passengers on Standard Gauge.

He said that they also carried 362 passengers free daily on Apapa to Kajola Standard Gauge train.

“All railway train services are free for passenger traffic from Iddo to Kajola, Iddo to Ijoko, Kajola to Apapa, Apapa to Kajola; Lagos to Ibadan and Ibadan to Lagos are also free, both morning and afternoon, with the presidential directive.

“We are fully complying with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s directive for free rides till Jan.. 4, 2024,” Arisa said.

He said they run two return trips on the Lagos -Ibadan and Apapa-Kajola free everyday, while they run only a trip from Iddo-Ijoko and Ijoko to Iddo daily.

Earlier, a banker, Mr Tunde Ashiru, commended the federal government for assisting citizens during the festive period.

Ashiru, who was travelling to Abeokuta with three kids and his wife, said he would book against Jan. 2, to enable him and his family to enjoy the free ride back to Lagos.

An evangelist, Mr Rebecca Ajayi, who travelled to Ibadan with church members on the free ride, prayed that the present administration would have a successful tenure.

Another passenger, Mrs Nkechi Emeka, travelling to Ibadan, urged the NRC management to improve on booking of passengers, to avoid multiple booking of seats.

In a related development, passengers who benefitted from the luxury buses fare reduction, facilitated by the federal government, expressed gratitude to the President Bola Tinubu-led administration.

Those who spoke with NAN said that the 50 per cent discount came at the right time

One of the passengers travelling from Lagos to Benin at God Is Good (GIG) Motors, Mr Ben Orobosa, however, said that government should have informed travellers by first week in December, to enable them to plan on their journeys properly.

A passenger with Chisco Transport going to Port- Harcourt from Lagos, Mrs Grace Toney, thanked the government for the relief.

The Operations Manager, Chisco Transport, Mr Gabriel Ajayeoba, also commended the FG for relieving passengers during the festive period.

“We have been loading four luxury buses to Abuja and Eastern parts of the country following the 50 per cent incentive by government.

“We pray that the Almighty God will bless the President and his entire family.

” We are collecting N45,000 because of the season, and with the government intervention, we are collecting 27, 000 from passengers to the eastern part of the country, while we collect N25,000 to Abuja.

” We have been having our full load of passengers, regardless of the situation in the country, during the festive period,” Ajayeoba said. (NAN)

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