Bicycle transportation will reduce road crashes, save lives, says FRSC.

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has said that the use of bicycle as a mode of transportation will not only reduce incessant cases of road crashes in the nation’s highway, especially in urban areas, but would also save lives.

The Anambra State Sector Commander of FRSC, Sunday Ajayi, disclosed this yesterday in Awka while briefing newsmen on the launch of the National Bicycle Week and urged Nigerians to partner with the FRSC and the national stakeholders forum to make the programme a success.

Ajayi said the campaign for cycling has become imperative in view of its positive impact on vehicle usage and by implication road traffic crashes and even the reduction of national fuel consumption.

“The crusade is in tandem with the global approach in solving road traffic issues targeted at decongesting the nation’s roads occasioned by increase of motorization, as well as emission of fumes from vehicles with its attendant health implications.

“The desire to respond to the ever increasing transportation and traffic bottlenecks in Nigeria cities and the need to rise up to the challenges of increasing cost of transportation to families, environmental pollution and health problems resulting from lack of exercise informs the need to include bicycle transportation as part of existing modes of movement”.

“It is therefore a wakeup call to get Nigerians riding in pleasure along our streets and roads without concern of being trapped in traffic, fuelling and getting places to park their cars, as they will be exercising daily while making their trip,” he said.

Ajayi also revealed the commission’s plan to partner with the government through the Ministry of Transport, Works, and Lands to ensure the provision of bicycle pathway during road construction as well as provision of other requisite infrastructure.

Also speaking, the Director of Sports in the state, Umudu Joseph, who represented the Commissioner for Sports, highlighted other benefits derivable from bicycling as a means of transport including exercising, competition and racing.

NYSC ex-member who rode bicycle from Ibadan to Makurdi narrates his ordeal

Ahungwa Isaac Sekav, a former NYSC member, who claimed he rode on bicycle from Ibadan to Makurdi has explained what he experienced in the cause of his acclaimed journey.

Sekav got a golden handshake of N500k from his state governor, Samuel Ortom and automatic employment for his ‘journey’.

Speaking after his ‘feat’, the young lad said the NYSC management threatened to seize his discharge certificate and bundle him into a bus when he first announced his decision to embark on the journey.

Recall that Isaac, who passed out 4th of November 2016 and began his tour on the 5th of November 2016, had earlier announced that he will be embarking on a “Patriotic Tour” from Ibadan to Makurdi on bicycle.

Isaac, an ex-student of the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi (UAM), said despite the discouragement from the management and some of his ex-colleagues, he embarked on the journey to set record.

“I was threatened by the authorities of NYSC in their office that if I continue to insist on taking that risk of patriotic tour on a bicycle, they will seize my discharge certificate, put me in a car, send me home, then send my certificate to my father.

“I said ok; I left the office disappointed. But they were saying all these because of the risk for my life, even family members kicked against it. It turned out to be a success, glory be to God”.

President Of Burundi Storms Polling Booth On A Bicycle

President of Burundi, Pierre Nkurunziza, was spotted today at a polling unit in his hometown of Ngozi on a bicycle to cast his vote at the nation’s parliamentary election. The highly controversial President who refused to halt his third term bid, stood in the queue with his supporters who came out in large numbers to show their support.

Opponents say the president’s bid to contest again breaks the constitution. But the government has pressed on with plans for both votes, amid the worst political crisis since an ethnically charged civil war ended in 2005.

Mr Nkurunziza will contest presidential elections next month, rejecting calls to step down.

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