By Dipo Awojobi – The Lagos state government would henceforth plant trees along newly constructed roads in the state to meet the target of ten million trees by 2020 and combat environmental changes.
Speaker of Lagos Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa dropped the hint at the 9th annual Tree Planting day held at the Green Area along WEMPCO road in Ogba, Lagos with the theme; “Lend A Hand To Save Leaves.”
The Speaker, represented by the Chairman, House Committee on Environment, Hon. Dayo Saka-Fafunmi implored Lagosians in Sub-Urban areas of the state to desist from indiscriminate felling of trees.
He noted that lack of trees would lead to gradual human extinction hence the need for concerted efforts to protect the trees in order to combat global warming.
Earlier in his welcome address, the state Commissioner for the Environment, Hon. Samuel Adejare, who was represented by the Director of Finance and Administration in the Ministry, Mrs. Olatokun explained that the cheapest means of protecting the environment was planting of trees.
Mr. Olatokun, who stressed that human activities were threatening the survival of trees, disclosed that the state government’s Greening initiative, which began in 2008, has restored degraded areas and criminal hideouts.
The highpoint of the event was the planting of trees by traditional rulers, political leaders, market women and school pupils