The Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency (LASPARK) is to begin community tree planting across the 20 Local Government Areas (LGAs) and 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) of the state. The campaign has “Plant a tree”as its theme.
At its weekly management meeting, its General Manager, Mrs. Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola said the community tree planting, sensitisation and awareness campaign was in line with the sustainability of the green policy of the state, noting that it has become crucial to continuously reawaken the consciousness of the people to plant trees and combat the negative effects of climate change in their community.
“The sacred responsibility of preserving nature lies in our hands and nature has been good to us hence, our refusal to reciprocate this kind gesture is ungodly, inhuman and selfish,” she said.
Mrs Adebiyi-Abiola reiterated that when people continue to cut trees, they kill life, reduce biological diversity and cheat posterity. Therefore, the need to plant trees in our community is germane to healthy living.
She said the exercise would cut across the state with the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), non-governmental organisations (NGOs), students, green compliance organisations, government institutions as well as community development associations (CDAs)/community development committees (CDCs).
This year’s programme flagged off at Agbado Oke-Odo LCDA last Saturday , while Epe LGA will host the event on May 5.
She said the programme will move to Surulere LGA on May 19. Other venues include Ikosi LCDA,June 3; Amuwo Odofin LCDA, June 17 and Ikeja LGA July 1.
She restated the government’s commitment to clamp down on perpetrators of illegal tree felling and pruning, stressing that permission should be sought from LASPARK before any tree was cut or pruned.