The Federal Government of Nigeria has declared free train rides on the newly constructed Lagos-Ibadan railway.
This was made known by the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, through his official social media profile, stating that the customary gauge rail line was ready to be used.
Amaechi also disclosed that the free train rides would be operational from November 30, 2019, and last till the end of March 2020.
According to reports, the free rides will be available for a four-month period and commuters are admonished to board the railway service during the festive season.
The transport minister also stated that the trains will take off at the Iju train station, Lagos, adding that the free train rides would contribute to the reduction in transportation cost and stress while fostering the safety of commuters travelling from Lagos to Ibadan.
Amaechi’s tweet, however, received mixed reactions from different users of the social media platform.
While some applauded the new development with excitement for the revolution of transportation in Nigeria, others criticized it, stating that the means of transportation ought to have been provided beforehand.
In some of the other critical reactions were the issues of facility damages due to overcrowded coaches and poor accountability and facility management.