FRSC adopts 10-year cycling plan

FRSC Corps Marshal, Osita Chidoka

The Federal Road Safety Commission plans to adopt a 10-year strategic plan to encourage cycling in the country, its Corps Marshal, Osita Chidoka has said.

Chidoka who stated this during the FRSC awareness campaign on cycling in Abuja on Thursday, added that the University of Lagos had agreed to be a model for its use in enclosed locations.

He said, “We at FRSC will have a strategic plan for the next ten years to grow cycling in Nigeria; we have done studies in Abuja. We have identified all the cycle lanes that were in the original master plan and we are ready to claim them and to begin to use Abuja as a model.

“The University of Lagos has also agreed to be a model for enclosed locations like universities, estates barracks, where we think bicycles can be a modern form of mobility.”

Chidoka who took the campaign to the residence of Nigeria’s Ambassador to Canada, Mr Ojo Maduekwe, said that there was no way bicycle use could be discussed without acknowledging his pioneering efforts.

He said bicycle was an alternative transport with a lot of health benefits beyond city congestion, and mobility needs of people.

Maduekwe said, “And the involvement of the University of Lagos and the Environment Ministry shows that the thing is moving from talk to reality, the concept of introducing bicycle shows that the FRSC is going to take Nigeria to where the rest of the world is.