The government, which specifically said the use of bicycle should be integrated into the national road transportation system, explained that it should be put in place to improve efficiency and performance of Nigerian road transportation system.
The Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Works, Mr. Dauda Kigbu, made the recommendation during the international conference organised by the Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute, a parastatal of the Ministry of Science and Technology.
The conference, which ended recently in Abuja, had the theme, “Roadmap to safe, efficient and sustainable road transportation in Nigeria.”
Kigbu said, “While making efforts to improve the efficiency and performance of the Nigerian road transportation system, there is also the need to explore and introduce the innovative programmes in optimising road transport system in Nigeria.
“Some of these may include promoting the use of bicycle as a formidable and safe means of road transpiration and integrated into the national road transport system; incorporation of pedestrian, bicycle and motorcycle lanes to road designs especially in mega cities and in rural areas to encourage it for future planning.”
He also expressed concern over the mortality rate in road crashes in Nigeria which in 2010 was put at 33.7 per cent traffic deaths per 100,000 population. He said it was the worst in the West African sub-region.
While the fatality in 2013 was 6,544 traffic deaths, he said crash injuries between 2011 and 2013 averaged 40,000 injuries.
He also said about 100 ambulances have been dedicated to road safety emergency activities.
He called on Nigerians to safeguard roads, asking them to report attempts by unscrupulous persons who might tamper with roads and those who might pilfer road furniture which create unnecessary transpiration and safety risks.
In his paper entitled, “3-Es as fulcrum of road safety”, the Director-General of the Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute, Prof. Danladi Slim Matawal, said there has been no funding of the institute in the past one year.