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General News of Thursday, 18 November 2021


Passengers stranded as protesting workers shut down Ibadan train station

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Scores of intending passengers were turned back from the Obafemi Awolowo Train Station Moniya and also at the Ladoke Akintola Train Station at Omi Adio in Ibadan, Oyo State on Thursday following the strike embarked upon by railway workers.

Some of the workers, who were seen at the station in Moniya, were armed with placards with various inscriptions denouncing the way they were being treated.

The protesters refused to grant interviews. They said it was a nationwide strike and their leaders at the national level had been mandated to speak with journalists on the matter.

It was gathered that the train was supposed to leave by 8am but did not because of the strike embarked upon by the Nigerian Union Railway Workers.

The place was deserted when our correspondent visited the station. Taxi drivers who usually park waiting for the arrival of the train from Lagos around 11:30am had also deserted the car park.

The ticketing office, departure and arrival were all deserted.

Some of the Okada riders who usually make brisk business by conveying passengers from Moniya to the village where the train station is located also lamented that they had been affected by the strike.

Some residents of Ibadan who said they had planned to board the train to Lagos on Friday said they would have to travel by road because of the development.

One of them, who identified himself as Ayo Adebowale, said the workers scheduled the strike for when passengers would feel its effects more.

He said, “Weekends are the busiest time at the train stations. I will have to go by road and this will affect many others. I just pray that the issue causing them to strike will be resolved.”

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