Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Environment and Habitat, Hon. Obinna Chidoka yesterday rode on a bicycle to the National Assembly.
Chidoka (Anambra/PDP) urged Nigerians to adopt alternative modes of transportation in order to curb emissions affecting the atmosphere.
He made the call during his awareness campaign on the need to protect and preserve the country’s environment.
The lawmaker, who rode on bicycle to the National Assembly complex, said the call became necessary in view of the need to reduce the depletion of the environment through gas emissions from means of transportation.
According to him, “When it comes to carbon footprint and ways of measuring it, this is a simple way of saying we can protect and preserve our environment if we look for alternatives”.
Chidoka canvassed for the establishment of bicycle routes in major cities across the country, saying that it would serve as a measure to reduce the number of cars and related accidents in the Nigerian cities.
“There are so many cars in the cities and on our highways so one of the things I try to do is to bring the awareness on the need to use other modes of transportation. I know people have been doing it before, but I want to reinforce that.” Chidoka said.
He added that major cities can also establish bicycle parks where people can rent bicycle as a an alternative mode of transport.
“That would encourage Nigerians to adopt the use of bicycle as a hobby. If you are going from point A to point B within the city, why do you have to drive your car; why don’t you ride your bicycle.
“Let us have that in our consciousness to save our cities, save our environment for the future generations,” Chidoka added.