Abuja – The Cycling Federation of Nigeria (CFN) has elected the Corps Marshal and Chief Executive of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Osita Chidoka, to its board in recognition of his consistent efforts to promote bicycle as alternate mode of transport in the country.
He will represent the South-East geo-political zone.
In a statement, Jonas Agwu, the cycling federation’s spokesperson, Chidoka’s election follows a stakeholder meeting at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu.
These met under the auspices of the National Sports Commission and resolved to reconstitute the CFN board.
Agwu welcomed the election of the FRSC Corps Marshal, who has the pedigree as an astute cycling enthusiast and is advocate for safer roads and fuller lives, describing his election as an impetus to further re-invent the bicycle culture in Nigeria.
“There are numerous advantages of cycling over other modes of transportation, this includes personal benefits to health through regular exercise while commuting for short distances within 10 kilometres of one's neighbourhood or office, reduced cost of transportation as cycling cost nothing other than the bicycle itself, quicker means of accessing congestion prone communities, enjoying sense of neighbourliness and freedom,” Agwu added.
He said other benefits include reduced air pollution, reduction in national fuel consumption and urban space recovery among others.
Recently, Chidoka set up the National Stakeholders Forum on Bicycle Transportation in Nigeria.
The forum consist of Government Ministries, Agencies and Parastatals such as the Federal Ministries of Transport, Works, Health, Environment, National Institute for Transport Technology, Zaria, NGOs, CFN, Nigeria Society of Engineers, bicycle manufacturers and dealers among other stakeholders.
The forum has undertaken series of advocacies and produced the first ever draft National Bicycle Policy and Strategy 2014-2017 which is presently undergoing the process of approval.
– CAJ News