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Hundreds stranded as passengers outnumber available coaches for Osun free train ride

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Hundreds of Osun-bound passengers, who had converged on the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), Iddo Terminal in Lagos for the free train ride provided by the Osun Government for Eid-el-Kabir, were stranded on Thursday.

The huge number of passengers who turned out for the ride outstripped the available coaches.

The free train ride is a collaboration between the Gov. Rauf Aregbesola-led government and the NRC to convey Osun indigenes in Lagos to Osogbo and other towns along the rail line during festive period.

Some of the stranded passengers were pained for not making the trip, but they commended the governor’s gesture.

They pleaded with the government to provide more coaches or extend the days allotted for the exercise to enable intending travellers enjoy the free ride.

Mr Saliu Ademola, an artisan, said:“I was shocked when I got to the terminal to see the crowd.

“The NRC should increase the number of coaches to enable the passengers to enjoy the train services.”

Mrs Taibat Lawal said in spite of her early arrival at the terminal in the morning, she was not lucky to board.

The Lagos District Manager of the NRC, Jerry Oche, lauded the free train ride provided by the Osun government and called for more coaches so that more people could benefit.

NAN