Olusade Adesola, the permanent secretary of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), says steps will be taken towards developing bicycle tracks within the Abuja metropolis.
Mr Adesola said this in a statement by the spokesperson for FCTA, Muhammad Sule, in Abuja on Sunday.
According to the statement, Mr Adesola spoke at the opening of the 2023 World Bicycle Day in Abuja.
He said bicycle tracks were already captured in the master plan of Abuja city, saying, “We need to develop them.
“This move will deepen the campaign to reduce the effect of climate change; emissions will be reduced if cycling is encouraged,” he said.
The permanent secretary described cycling as an enjoyable and physically beneficial sport which should be encouraged and promoted.
“As a people, we need to imbibe the culture of riding bicycles, both as a sport, exercise and means of transportation.
“The benefits of cycling are enormous. It can improve heart health and strengthen the limbs,” he said.
Mr Adesola commended the Indian High Commission in Nigeria for its consistent support towards celebrating World Bicycle Day in the FCT.
The Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Shri Balasubramanian, urged Nigerians to embrace cycling for good health and a healthier environment.
He said the commission had, in the last five years, supported the celebration of the day in the FCT.
The event’s theme was: “Cycling – A Better Way to Enjoy the City.”