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World Bicycle Day: FRSC Advises Nigerians On Cycling To Improve Life Span

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The Lagos Sector Commander of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Corps Commander, Olusegun Ogungbemide, has encouraged Nigerians to embrace cycling to improve their life span.

Ogungbemide gave the advice during an event to commemorate the World Bicycle Day 2022 held at the Governor’s Office, Alausa Ikeja, Lagos.

It had as its theme: “Cycling for Health and Humanity”.

Ogungbemide said the world cycling day was an international directive, an outcome of the second General Assembly of the United Nation where it was decided that every June 3 should be used to commemorate world cycling day.

He said that cycling had many benefits, one being that while emission usually occurred during the usage of other means of transportation, cycling had no such implications.

“There is no negative health implication for riding a bicycle, rather it builds health.

“Cycling as a means of transportation saves the environment and does  not pollute the environment with emission because it is another means of physical exercise.

“You can see the kind of air that is being perceived with the use of vehicles all over the place on a daily basis. We are dying gradually because of what we inhale.

”Our advocacy for this year is for us to adopt this means of transportation to save our health as well as give value to humanity,” Ogungbemide said.

He said that the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, had made conscious efforts to protect pedestrians and cyclists as the government was committed to building dedicated roads for cycling in the state.

Ogungbemide said that cycling was not encouraged on the highway.

He said that cyclers were permitted to operate on hinter roads but could only cycle on the highways during tournaments as they were protected during such exercises.

On the benefits of using bicycles, the Sector Commander said it is affordable, safe as well as user and environmentally friendly.

According to Ogungbemide, due to global warming, people are encouraged to use bicycles in the inner roads.

“Part of the advantage of using bicycle as a means of transportation is that it is safe to the environment, it gives life and increases life span.

” What we witnessed during the lockdown is that we are able to see people riding their bicycles around the area without paying for transportation,” he said

He said that the command commemorated the 4th edition of United Nations World Bicycle Day with the FT Cycle Club Lekki.

The cyclists who rode from Lekki to Ikeja joined the FRSC command at the Lagos State Governor’s Office, Lagos House, Alausa Ikeja.

Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by the Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr Olalere Odusote, said that riding bicycles promotes good health and a sustainable environment.

Sanwo-Olu said the Lagos State Government had keyed into the United Nations Development Goal in collaboration with Masser Awakike, private organizations and launched a pilot phase for Lagos Bike Shared Scheme with 1,000 bikes.

He said that under the scheme, bicycles were made available for shared use to individuals on a short time basis and for token fees.

Sanwo-Olu said that the state government under the Lagos State Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) had developed a non-motorized transport policy which would soon be incorporated into the Lagos Transport Law.

He said that the policy was aimed at developing infrastructure for pedestrian and cycling traffic in the state.

Sanwo-Olu, encouraged Lagos residents to embrace bicycle riding in  safe environments such as estates and other places where low vehicular activities take place.

He appealed to motorists to exercise caution and give due consideration to the safety of bicycle riders on the roads.

Sanwo-Olu said that as a way of encouraging cycling culture in the state, the government ensured that some new roads were designed with the provision of bicycle lanes.

NAN reports that Odosote was accompanied by the Secretary to Lagos State Chief of Staff, Temitope Opeagbe and other members of Lagos House.

A Cycling Coach, Lookman Oyebola, said that the fourth edition of cycling was encouraging and pleaded with the state government to build a velodrome where cyclists could train up to professional level.

According to him, Nigeria has been winning medals hence the need to motivate cyclists by improving roads, infrastructure and activities to encourage more participation.

Also, Kate Oyewole, a participant, commended the FRSC for showcasing what they loved doing.

She appealed to the government to assist in providing them with bicycles as most persons interested in cycling could not afford them.

A 12-year-old cyclist, Ibrahim Ashiru, who rode from Lekki to Ikeja, pleaded with the government to encourage the cycling profession.

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BVN, NIN requirement: CBN keeps mum as deadline expires

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The Central Bank of Nigeria has kept mum as the deadline for banks to restrict customers’ accounts without a Bank Verification Number or National Identity Number has expired.

DAILY POST recalls that CBN, in a notice on December 1 last year, signed by the Director of Payments System Management Department, Chibuzo Efobi and Director of Financial Policy and Regulation Department, Haruna Mustapha, asked banks to restrict tier-1 accounts or wallets without NIN or BVN.

“For all existing Tier-1 accounts/wallets without BVN or NIN: Effective immediately, any unfunded account/wallet shall be placed on ‘Post No Debit or Credit’ until the new process is satisfied.

“Effective March 1, 2024, all funded accounts or wallets shall be placed on ‘Post No Debit or Credit’, and no further transactions will be permitted. The BVN or NIN attached to and/or associated with all accounts/wallets must be electronically revalidated by January 31, 2024”, the statement partly reads.

However, CBN acting spokesperson, Hakama Sidi has yet to respond to calls from DAILY POST on Friday over the fate of banks’ customers without NIN or BVN.

Meanwhile, in a telephone interview with DAILY POST, the President of the Bank Customers Association of Nigeria, Dr Uju Ogubunka, appealed to CBN for a deadline extension.

According to him, though many accounts have NIN or BVN, there are still many without the requirement.

“At this point, the best thing for CBN to do is extend the deadline for bank customers to have their NIN or BVN”, he told DAILY POST.

A source who preferred anonymity in a tier-1 bank told DAILY POST that no customer account had been restricted owing to the NIN or BVN requirement.

“At the moment, no customers’ accounts have been restricted. Customers in the last three days have trooped in to update their account”, he said.

DAILY POST reported that bank customers were in a last-minute rush to meet the NIN and BVN requirement deadlines as they besieged their respective banks.

CREDIT: DAILY POST

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Gov Mbah signs New Enugu City, ENSIEC bills into law

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On Friday, Governor Peter Mbah of Enugu State officially approved the New Enugu City Development Agency Bill, the Enugu State Geographical Information System Service Bill, and the Enugu State Independent Electoral Commission (ENSIC) Amendment Bill, turning them into law. The signing ceremony, witnessed by Enugu State House of Assembly Speaker Uchenna Ugwu at the Government House in Enugu, marked significant steps in the state’s governance.

Governor Mbah clarified the purposes of these laws during the signing event. He highlighted that the New Enugu City Development Agency Law grants administrative authority to oversee the development of a new city master plan, aimed at accommodating both present and future generations. The Enugu State Geographical Information System Service Law, on the other hand, focuses on automating and digitizing processes for service delivery, beginning with land-related matters.

Regarding the ENSIEC Amendment Law, Governor Mbah noted its alignment with constitutional amendments concerning electoral bodies, ensuring compliance with the evolving legal framework.

Explaining the rationale behind the New Enugu City Development Agency, Mbah emphasized the government’s forward-thinking approach to governance, addressing the need for urban expansion to accommodate the growing population. He underscored the significance of having a master plan for future generations to prevent urban congestion.

Furthermore, Mbah elaborated on the Enugu State Geographical Information System Service, emphasizing its role in fulfilling the administration’s promise to streamline land administration processes and provide efficient services. He highlighted the agency’s mandate to manage property information systems and facilitate digital platforms for accessing services and making payments.

Governor Mbah expressed gratitude to the State House of Assembly for their support and swift passage of these executive bills, acknowledging the importance of collaboration in driving the state’s development agenda forward. He emphasized that progress and success hinge on the collective efforts of all stakeholders, including the legislature.

In conclusion, Governor Mbah affirmed his administration’s commitment to fulfilling its promises and leveraging legislative support to enhance governance and service delivery in Enugu State.

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Tinubu’s presidency not by chance – Shettima

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Vice President Kashim Shettima asserts that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s rise to the presidency is not coincidental but a divine blessing due to the sincerity of his character. Shettima made these remarks during a courtesy visit by the Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC) delegation at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Friday.

“The path leading to Tinubu’s presidency wasn’t accidental. He is known for his consistent sacrifices for the nation’s welfare. His success is viewed as a divine reward for his genuine intentions,” Shettima stated.

He stressed the importance of leaders fostering unity, highlighting Tinubu’s significant role in offering an alternative political platform within Nigeria’s system.

“Tinubu has made sacrifices and facilitated unity. He provided a haven for those facing political persecution and offered an alternative platform when others struggled for recognition,” Shettima elaborated.

Shettima urged Nigerians to be patient with Tinubu’s leadership, emphasizing that his presidency is not a coincidence but a deliberate journey towards national success.

He also charged the newly appointed NCPC Board to demonstrate unwavering commitment to their duties and reminded them of the importance of religious dedication in addressing national challenges.

“All of you were selected based on your religious commitment. We cannot overlook the issues within our system. It’s essential for all of us to strive for positive change to achieve the Nigeria we envision,” he concluded.

Previously, Bishop Stephen Adegbite, the Executive Secretary of NCPC, expressed gratitude to President Tinubu for the opportunity to serve on the board and praised Vice President Shettima’s outstanding leadership, citing his support for the Church and peace efforts in Borno State.

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