Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state on Sunday urged residents to plant trees to hold commemorative events to ensure safer and greener environments and save the planet from further destruction.
Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by the deputy governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, made the call in the 2019 Tree Plantation campaign, organized by the Ministry of Environment of Lagos State in Iganmu, Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that this year’s exercise, with the theme “Clean and green is our perfect dream”, takes place simultaneously in 57 locations throughout the state.
The governor of Lagos said the state intended to meet the goal of 10 million trees by the year 2020.
“We can not continue ignoring climate change, which is the most important material risk for our future. It is also the world’s most devastating threat to human survival.
“As we increase efforts to eliminate the state of waste, all hands must be on deck to improve the environment by decorating it with flowers, shrubs, plants and trees.
“To this end, let our voices resonate throughout the state that, by marking our birthdays, dedicating our children or celebrating the graduation of our children, plant a tree.
“Any memorable event, we will try to mark it with the planting of trees.” It is the future of our children and this act of benevolence towards nature can save our planet from further destruction, “he said.
Sanwo-Olu also announced the relaunch of the “One House, One Tree” campaign throughout the state to ensure that each house in the state has at least one tree.
According to him, this will contribute greatly to intensify the ecological project of the state government.
In his speech, Mr. Abiodun Bamigboye, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of the Environment, said that trees are important for the ecosystem, since they control the climate by moderating the effects of sun, rain and wind.
He urged residents and industrialists in the state to ensure that a certain percentage of their properties are preserved for greening.
“When we do it clean, let’s make it green too; In that way, we have made the environment safer and healthier for the generality of our people.
“This is our perfect dream for a thriving Lagos,” said Bamigboye. The Lagos state government, under the government of former Babatunde governor Raji Fashola in 2008, declared July 14 every year as a tree planting day.