The Asian-African Chamber of Commerce and LASU partner to commemorate World Bicycle Day.

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On June 3, 2023, the Lagos State University, LASU, through its School of Transport and Logistics, will celebrate World Bicycle Day with the Asian-African Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Nigeria chapter.

Mr. Arinle Ahmed, president of the Asian-African Chamber of Commerce and Industry, stated at a press conference on the LASU campus in Ojo, Lagos, that the event titled “Royal Edition” would be used to promote cycling as a viable mode of transportation and healthy lifestyle, as well as to celebrate its impact on the environment.

He explained that in 2018, the United Nations designated a specific date to promote cycling in an effort to combat climate change and promote good health.

According to Arinle, the first edition was conducted at LASU in 2019, but COVID-19 prevented the second from occurring in 2020.

“This event would be used to raise awareness about the increasing need for sustainable mobility, promote the use of non-polluting means of transport, and develop a culture of cycling in Lagos State University and Iba Kingdom,” he said.

He stated that the LASU community and other guests would take part in a variety of cycling activities, including a cycling marathon that would begin at the palace of the Oniba of Iba Kingdom, Oba Adeshina Sulaimon Raji, and conclude in front of the university’s main auditorium.

In addition, Ahmed announced financial prizes, medals, and a trip to the Netherlands for outstanding participants.

“The necessary education and awareness are ongoing regarding cycling, and we are partnering with organizations to donate bicycles to us. The purpose is to establish a cycling club,” he added.

The event organizer stated that representatives from the Dutch Embassy in Nigeria would be present, among others.

Earlier, the Dean of the School of Transport, Professor Charles Asenime, praised the initiative and noted that the bicycle culture had evolved.

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