(L-R) Mr. Shri G. Balasubramanian, Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria & FCT Perm Sec, Olusade Adesola among other bicycle riders in Abuja Saturday.
By: Ben Ukeji
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), may soon start the construction of Bicycle lanes within the Abuja metropolis.
The development of the Bicycle lanes is part of the government’s efforts in climate change mitigation as it provides arterial and district infrastructures across the Federal Capital City.
A statement from the Director, Information and Communication, FCT, Muhammad Hazat Sule, made available to Abuja Digest Newspaper Sunday in Abuja, said the Permanent Secretary, FCT, Mr. Olusade Adesola, gave this assurance Saturday while flagging off the 2023 World Bicycle Day with the theme: ‘Cycling-A Better Easy To Enjoy the City’.
It stated that Adesola, also said the FCT Administration will pay attention to the development of the Bicycle lanes already designed in the Abuja Master Plan as it will go a long way to sustain the campaign against climate change by reducing emissions and for the comfort of cyclists.
The statement quoted the Permanent Secretary as saying; that cycling is a very enjoyable sport and residents will be encouraged to imbibe the culture of using this mode of transportation in the Federal Capital City.
His words: “Cycling can be very intensive as a competitive sport or even for pleasure that you ride to the right and to the left in a very pleasant manner.
The benefit of cycling is enormous because it can improve heartbeat, and strengthen the limbs, because of the workout involved. It is a form of exercise that needs to be promoted.”
Adesola commended the Indian High Commission for its consistent support to Nigerians in organizing this very important event to mark World Bicycle Day as enshrined in the United Nations declaration.
Also speaking at the event, the Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Shri G. Balasubramanian, said that the Indian High Commission has in the past five years been assisting to organize World Bicycle Day, which is celebrated on June 3 every year.
The occasion was attended by the representatives of the Executive Secretary of the Federal Capital Development Authority and Corps Marshall General of the Federal Roads Safety Commission (FRSC).