By Godwin Okeh, ABAKALIKI – No fewer than 200 motorcycle bikers across the 36 States of the Federation have vowed to storm Abakaliki, Ebonyi state capital riding motorbikes.
The National President of motorcycle bikers Association Mrs Joann Otaru made this known while briefing journalists in Abakaliki ahead of their annual convention tagged ‘Closer to Nature –Games Festival, Gamesfest which will take place in Abakaliki.
She stated that the bikers would ride their motorbikes from Lagos, Abuja and other locations to come to Ebonyi for the event.
“The body is an umbrella body for various motorcycle clubs in Nigeria and was set up to promote unity, discipline and responsibility amongst members.
She noted that the concept of the annual convention is built-on an educative, fun-filled, and community give-back model as the 2018 convention aims at promoting team bonding activities through various intense survival games.
“We would also be conducting free cervical and breast cancer screening on the public and explore the rich cultural heritage of Ebonyi people.
The National president said that the convention has been a regular feature in the country since it started in Calabar, Cross River state in 2008 and has been further held in different states such as Benue, Rivers, Oyo, Akwa Ibom, Plateau, Ekiti, Delta, Lagos and Imo states.
“The event is opened to the public and bike enthusiasts who wish to interact and familiarise with the biking community not just from Nigeria but West Africa,”.
“We debunk the notion that biking is a dangerous sport but however encourage individuals to enroll in riding schools to learn about inherent risks associated with biking and ways to avoid them; before joining our association.
She noted that there are riding schools all over the country such as in Lagos, Port Harcourt, Abuja, Ibadan among others and that their members have the needed training and licence to operate super-bikes.
“The same processes obtained in acquiring bikes are the same with cars and the costs are relative to the type of bike that one seeks to acquire which makes anyone who can afford a car to equally afford a bike” she stated.