Lagos state government has said that it would engage students in secondary schools in the state to set up nurseries, tree planting and other conservation activities which would encourage their involvement and participation in agricultural practices as well as environmental education.
Abisola Olusanya, State Acting Commissioner for Agriculture, dropped the hint while announcing plans to establish fruit orchards in 20 secondary schools across the State to fast-track the policy of the development of the State especially the need to build the culture of tree planting and re-greening the environment in students and youths in the State.
She said that the planting of fruit trees in selected secondary schools was also to encourage students to become healthy, productive and environmentally sound.
The Acting Commissioner pointed out that apart from the agricultural gains of the fruit tree planting, students would be taught the importance of plants and trees in sustaining the environment as tree planting is one of the most reliable and cheapest means of combating the effect of global warming and climate change.
“Trees are fell indiscriminately without replacement and this has exposed the environment to erosion and other natural and environmental disasters especially for a coastal State like Lagos; as such we need to embrace the culture of planting trees because of the many benefits inherent in tree planting some of which include provision of shade, wind brakes, prevention of flood and desert encroachment, as well as reducing the effect of global warming among others,” the Acting Commissioner averred.
Olusanya emphasized the importance of tree planting especially in a coastal city as Lagos stating that the exercise would contribute in no small measures to the transformation of Lagos into a greener, healthier, safer and orderly State while producing youths who are environmentally conscious.