Oyo state Government has approved the sum of N750,000 for the procurement of 60 bicycles for conveyance of civil servants at the state Secretariat to Ministries, Departments and Agencies as relayed by the Oyo state’s Commissioner for Energy and Natural resources, Hon. Seun Ashamu.
The bicycles, according to the Commissioner would be known as “Keke Seyi” and the pilot scheme would be within three months.
Hon. Seun Ashamu explained during a Press-briefing that health protocols and procedures would be deployed to ensure protection of all against the deadly contraction of the Covid-19 Pandemic.
He said: “The council approved the implementation of bicycle drive codenamed ‘keke Seyi’. The bicycles will be piloted in collaboration with OurBikes Nigeria, an indigenous company who has offered the state its services to come and pilot a bike-sharing scheme within the Secretariat so that the bicycles available for use by members of the public and staff of the state.
“About N92m was approved for the RCDC and that of Keke Seyi is a token amount of N750,000. They will be providing us with 60 bicycles for the pilot, which is to last for three months initially.
“We have members of the public that come into the Secretariat and they work around. So, the bicycles are there to promote a number of things; ease of traffic within the secretariat, to promote healthy living. It is a bike-sharing scheme and what that means is that you can actually enter the Secretariat from any of the entrances, pick any of the bicycle and ride it to wherever you are going. The bicycles will also be made available to Ministries, Department and Agencies so that members of staff can also use the bicycles.
“It is necessary to state that there are protocols and procedures that guide the use of bicycles. It has been in Europe and North America long before it was brought to Africa. We will ensure that all health and safety measures are put in place such that we would not accelerate the spread of coronavirus.”