LASU gets franchise to host world bicycle day in Nigeria

LASU gets franchise to host world bicycle day in Nigeria

The Lagos State University has secured the hosting right of the bicycle day celebration in Nigeria. The United Nations decision, making LASU a permanent host of the annual event, has placed the institution on a global map. Beaides, five students from the African Centre of Excellence institution will represent Nigeria at the event to hold


The Lagos State University has secured the hosting right of the bicycle day celebration in Nigeria.

The United Nations decision, making LASU a permanent host of the annual event, has placed the institution on a global map.

Beaides, five students from the African Centre of Excellence institution will represent Nigeria at the event to hold in Singapore.

A member, Governing Council of Asian African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AACCI), Adekunle Ahmed Anrinle, said this while speaking on the benefits of bicycle-riding during the 2019 commemoration of the World Bicycle Day at Lagos State University (LASU) Campus early in the week.

He also used the occasion to encourage Nigerians to adopt bicycle riding as their regular means of intra-city transport.

Justifying his position, the AACCI representative enumerated the health, economic and environmental benefits of adopting transportation by bicycle.

According to Anrinle, the bicycle offers a very cheap and readily accessible source of exercise for the rider; adding that the bicycle is very user-friendly In the sense that its maintenance is also pocket-friendly.

He explained that bicycle, unlike the other means of transport that are motorized, does not emit any smoke, the accumulation of which has continued to pose a threat to human health via environmental pollution.

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He also listed the fact that the bicycle does not make noise as an advantage over other transport means, some of which make deafening noise which is generally inimical to human health.

“When you get yourself accustomed to riding a bicycle, all the muscles of your body get charged, adequately stretched and contrived as they should be while your blood circulation remains perfect and you rarely have reasons to incur hospital biil”; Anrinle tutored.

Prof. Olumuyiwa Noah, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) who represented, the VC, Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun at the event, presented cash prizes of N30,000, N20,000 and N10,000 each to the riders who returned first, second and third respectively from the round-the- campus bicycle ride.

A memorable attraction of the exercise was a little boy under 11 years of age simply called Adekoya who gave all the adult riders a good pull of their energy by returning wheel-to-wheel with them on the ride.

The lad bagged the Most Valuable Athlete Award of the event with cool cash of N20,000 for what the innocent boy must have considered a fun ride.

The United Nations has adopted June 3 of every year as the World Bicycle Day.

Meanwhile, on May 19, 2019, the University had played host to the launching of over a hundred “Awa Bike” bicycles dispatched and stationed for intra-campus shuttle of the students and interested members of staff of the institution.

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The feat has awakened the enthusiasm of students if the ivory tower and staff towards sports development.

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