Sesan Olufowobi and Kizito Ojoma
The Lagos State Government says over 500,000 additional trees were planted in the state on Friday to the existing 6.8 million trees, adding that such will protect the environment and promote healthy living.
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode spoke at the 10th anniversary of the state tree planting campaign, organised by the Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency in the Shasha area of Lagos.
He said the 2017 tree planting campaign, with the theme, ‘Think Green, Plant Trees, Live Green,’ was being held at different locations simultaneously.
The governor, who was represented by the Special Adviser on the Environment, Mr. Babatunde Hunpe, said Lagos had shown sustained commitment to the annual exercise for a decade.
“As of today (Friday), a total of 6,834,938 trees have been planted state wide. This year, we are adding another 500,000 trees, which are being planted simultaneously in 78 locations.
“We must remember that trees are essential to human existence as they provide food, shelter and also help to control noise pollution and prevent desert encroachment,” he said.
Ambode said he had directed that parks and gardens units be resuscitated in all the 57 councils of the state to sustain the tempo for a greener Lagos and create more avenues for relaxation and family bonding.
The Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Samuel Adejare, said the government planted over 1,500,000 trees in 2016.
“I urge you to team up with the government, particularly as it relates to the reforms in the environment sector, where the people are the direct beneficiary of 27,500 new jobs and a cleaner state, among others,” he said.
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