Lagos targets 10 million trees by 2020

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Dr. Samuel Adejare, Environment Commissioner (left) and Mr. Tunji Bello, Lagos SSG, during the tree planting campaign

Dr. Samuel Adejare, Environment Commissioner (left) and Mr. Tunji Bello, Lagos SSG, during the tree planting campaign

Kazeem Ugbodaga

The Lagos State Government says it intends to plant 10 million trees by 2020 as part of move to mitigate the impact of climate change.

So far, the state government has planted about six million trees since the launch of the tree planting campaign in 2008.

Speaking at the 2016 Tree Planting Day, which took place at the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Camp, Orile-Agege area of Lagos, Southwest Nigeria on Thursday, State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode disclosed that his administration was working frantically to meet the target of planting 10 million trees by 2020.

He said the annual event was one of the most reliable and cheapest means of combating the effect of global warming and climate change, adding that planting of trees was very important for the environment as trees provided oxygen, cool the atmosphere, help conserve energy, save water, prevent erosion, among others.

The theme of this year’s tree planting is: “Lend a Hand to save Trees.”

Ambode, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Tunji Bello noted that the peculiarity of Lagos as a coastal city-State made it prone to several environmental challenges, which demanded that the government and the citizens of the state carried out infrastructural development without jeopardising the environment.

“The fast growing urban development areas across the State must curtail the uncontrolled felling of trees and ensure all developers adhere to all the town planning and greening regulations. We must plant trees to replace those removed from vast acres of land so that we reduce the rate of ocean surge and erosion with its attendant problem of displacement of homes and communities,” he said.

The governor further said scientists had stated that the world needed about 30 billion trees …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper