BrandArena: ATCN Gets FIA Sporting Power as Motorsports Set to Improve in Nigeria

Monday 28 January 2019

ATCN Gets FIA Sporting Power as Motorsports Set to Improve in Nigeria

The Automobile and Touring Club of Nigeria (ATCN) has been delegated the Sporting Power by the General Assembly of the Federation International de L’Automobile (FIA) which took place in Saint Petersburg in the Federation of Russia effective 7th December, 2018.

ATCN is the effective representative body of the Federation International de L'Automobile (FIA) in Nigeria for the mobility arm of its operations ONLY and as it then was vested with the responsibility of campaigning and promoting road safety as well as transport related matters amongst others. Its affiliation was under Article 3.2 (which deals with strictly Mobility Affiliates). With this development, our affiliation is now under Article 3.1 (which deals with affiliates for both Sport and Mobility).

Since the establishment of the club, we have been given various opportunities to carry out effective and productive campaigns in different states in Nigeria and had the great opportunity to host the 3rd FIA African Sport Regional Congress 2017 at Transcorp Hilton in Abuja where the future of motorsport in Africa was discussed.

The most recent campaign was the FIA Action for Road Safety in support of #3500 (3500 pedestrians die every year from road traffic incidents). In the past, we organized the 4th U.N. Road Safety Week in Keffi, Nasarawa state. The title of the programme was Speed Management and Safety for Drivers, it was held on the 12th of May 2017. The turn up was overwhelming as we requested for 30 drivers and ended up hosting and training about sixty. Niger in 2016, Abuja in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2018, Ekiti in 2014 and Lagos 2017 in collaboration with Naija Car Lovers, an automobile blog.

Part of its objectives are to create awareness and campaign for road safety, promote sport tourism, organize motorsport activities,  issue FIA documents such as sporting licence, International Driver’s Permit (IDP) and promote motoring as a means of relaxation.

FIA is the governing body of Motorsport worldwide (excluding super/power sport) and representative of over 60 million road and track users from over 246-member clubs worldwide. The FIA is the global motoring organization.

"As we had discussed with the FIA Secretary General for Sport, we agree to start a championship by half of 2019 of any aspect of motorsport discipline of our choice. However, we would present our framework to them by April of 2019 in South Africa.

"We have started working on the framework but we cannot share the information at this point but we assure that we have a development plan with motorsport activities and dates, which is a five year plan for motorsport development in Nigeria", the club said in a statement issued on Monday.

So far, the FIA Vice President for Sport, Automobile Club of Ivory Coast, Automobile Association of Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania as well as Automobile & Touring Club of UAE have all agreed to support and encourage us with the development. As it is time for Nigeria to take its place in the World of Motorsport.

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