The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Bauchi Sector Command, has urged Nigerians to imbibe the culture of riding bicycles to keep themselves physically fit and healthy.
The Sector Commander, Yusuf Abdullahi, was speaking at an event to mark this year’s World Bicycle Day celebration, held in Bauchi metropolis.
Corps Commandant Abdullahi, who described the importance of bicycle-riding as “unquantifiable” given its health benefits, advised the federal government to make it a policy that for every road construction, a pathway for bicycles shall be provided to ensure safety of riders.
Also speaking, the Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Bauchi State Council, Comrade Umar Sa’idu, emphasised the need for people to own bicycles to help them keep fit and minimise consumption of petrol.
Comrade Sa’idu decried the level of dilapidation of the Bauchi-Gombe highway and appealed to the federal government to reconstruct the road to ease the hardship being experienced by users.
The event attracted secondary school students in Bauchi metropolis, staff of the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) as well as military and paramilitary officials.
World Bicycle Day, which is celebrated every year on June 3, was set aside by the United Nations General Assembly in 2018 to recognise cycling as a means to achieve a sustainable form of traveling that also ensures one’s physical well-being.
Reporting by Murtala Muhammad; Editing by Daniel Adejo and Tony Okerafor