On 19 March, the passenger train used by both His Excellency Dr Thomas BONI YAYI, President of Benin, and his Niger counterpart, MAHAMADOU ISSOUFOU, Michel ROUSSIN (representing the CEO of Bolloré Group) and a long trail of distinguished guests behind them, as a prelude to the official launch of the railway rehabilitation works intended to be implemented from Cotonou to Parakou, also conveyed special guests.
A group of some twenty girls and boys of a grade five class (CM1) of Melissa School travelled along with a group of women of Gbegamey market invited to the venue to enjoy and witness the revival of railway in Benin.
Upon arriving on the Cotonou Central Station platform, guests accommodated in the car #4 reacted showing enthusiasm, emotion, and a smile was on their lips.
For young passengers, this ride was the fulfillment of a long-awaited dream. A dream nurtured and fuelled since they recently visited the showroom and premises of Cotonou station. As far as the market ladies are concerned, they were delighted that they were involved in such a major event. They expressed their gratitude to the promoters of the rail loop project. Besides, they have not failed to thank Vincent Bolloré as well as the Heads of state « May God bless them and the railway» said Ms Adjaka in French reflecting the feeling of the ladies.
This joy was mixed with unforgettable and nostalgic memories of the time when train and stations, particularly that of Cadjéhoun Saint-Jean, were overflowing with flourishing activities « We are looking forward to reliving these glorious past» she added.