Lagos State Government on Monday said that it planted no fewer than
five million trees and created about 75,168 jobs in the last seven
Governor Babatunde Fashola said this while inaugurating the state’s 2014 Tree-Planting Campaign in Ajah, Lagos.
said that tree-planting was part of the state’s strategies to prevent
flooding and mitigate the negative impacts of global warming.
“It is an incontestable fact that the global environment has been ravaged by eco-degradation leading to climate change.
results from the cumulative effects of years of environmental
negligence. Trees are known to make a huge impact in the fight against
environmental problems including global warming.
“We have thought it expedient to put in our best efforts to rehabilitate the environment through our tree-planting programmes.
we launched the programme in 2008 ,our target was to plant one million
trees in 10 years. But we have now planted over five million trees in
seven years, which is a feat of 60 years achieved in just seven years,”
Fashola said that the planting of trees and other
government’s greening initiatives had enhanced the aesthetics of the
environment and created economic benefits for residents.
governor said that the initiatives had created no fewer than 75,168
jobs, adding that the greening of open spaces at Ijora Causeway, Outer
Marina, Oba Akran Road and others had transformed the environment.
said that he was glad that residents were already making tree-planting a
lifestyle and that had appreciated the value of government’s greening
He urged them to continue to plant trees and protect
the ones already planted for the sake of their wellbeing and the
Tunji Bello, state Commissioner for the Environment,
said that the 2014 tree-planting themed: “Life is Better with Trees”,
took place in six ceremonial sites across the state.
He listed the
areas as Ajah, Beckley Ojokoro, Apple Junction in Amuwo Odofin, King`s
College on Victoria Island, Gbagada General Hospital and Ikeja High
Bello said that the essence of the exercise was to inculcate the tree-planting culture in the state with a view to improving and