After four months of suspension of passenger train service due to coronavirus, Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) will today operate a free special passenger train service from Lagos to Osogbo as part of efforts of the Osun State Government to encourage indigenes of the state resident in Lagos and environs to travel home to celebrate Sallah with their families and loved ones at the expense of the state.
By this arrangement the state government has already paid for the travel expenses of the lucky beneficiaries of the special train ride from Lagos to Osogbo and back.
According to a reliable source, the free passenger train ride, this year’s trains ride will be operated in line with guidelines of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, National Centre For Disease Control (NCDC) and World Health Organisation for prevention of the spread of the dreaded coronavirus pandemic which has grounded activities worldwide.
It was reliably gathered that only 54 passengers will be allowed to enter each coach and standing of passengers inside the coaches will not be permitted compared to 90 passengers and countless number of others that were allowed to stand inside coaches in the past.
The source also disclosed that intending passengers must wash their hands with water, sanitizers and wear face masks before entering the train.
Also, station masters at designated railway stations like Iddo, Agege, Agbado and Ijoko where the train will have stopovers have given stipulated number of passengers that can each coach in their respective train stations based on a first come first serve basis.
The train is expected to return back to Lagos on Sunday after the sallah celebration.
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