The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, said
on Monday the Federal Government plans to
introduce bicycle riding in the Federal Capital
Territory (FCT).

The project is expected to aid physical fitness and
boost investment in the country.
He also said the Lagos-Ibadan rail project would
lead to employment of 150,000 people.
Rotimi disclosed these at the end of the 15th
meeting of National Council on Transportation with
the theme: ‘Efficiency of Inter-modality in
Transportation: Panacea for Economic Recovery.”
He said: “The National Council on Transportation is
a policy making Council and we have approved that
we should do a pilot project on bicycle riding in FCT
because it is the only city that has facility for
bicycle riding.

“We decided that we do it in Abuja because if you
check, nearly all the roads in Abuja have lanes for
bicycle.”
“It is there in China and UK. It is an investment that
would help reduce the number of passengers that
are looking for modern form of transportation within
the cities.

“Other states that want to do it must provide facility
before they can proceed because we want to
separate cyclists from the roads and some
motorists can be very impatient with them.
“So states that want to go ahead can do that. But
they must provide lanes for bicycle so that we don’t
have numerous accidents.”

On the Lagos-Ibadan rail project, the minister
added: “Construction work on the railway would
really boost economy. Between Lagos to Ibadan,
the railway work, going on there would produce jobs
for about 150,000 workers and the business would
help employ more people.”


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