The Federal Ministry of Transportation has urged Nigerians to consider using bicycles for transportation as a way to promote a healthier lifestyle and cleaner environment.
During a meeting in Abuja, Musa Ibrahim, the Director of Road Transport and Mass Transit Administration, discussed the importance of cycling in Nigeria and the goal of reducing road accidents. This effort coincides with World Bicycle Day, recognized globally on June 3.
In a statement, Ibrahim emphasized the exceptional qualities of bicycles, including their simplicity, affordability, reliability, cleanliness, and environmental friendliness. Hence, the chosen theme for the United Nations World Bicycle Day in 2023 is ‘Riding Together for a Sustainable Future.’
This theme shows the importance of collective action in addressing the pressing issues of poverty alleviation, sustainable development, education promotion, public health improvement, disease prevention, and social inclusivity.
It is not just about mitigating climate change and reducing carbon footprints; it is also about tackling the economic impact of traffic congestion in African countries.
According to a study conducted by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development Countries, African nations lose about three percent of their Gross Domestic Product each year due to traffic congestion.