Environmental degradation: Ambode reads riot act to residents, private developers against tree felling

.As Lagos plants over 6M trees in 10 years

By Olasunkanmi Akoni

Lagos State Governor, Mr, Akinwunmi Ambode has urged residents, particularly private developers in the state to desist from massive deforestation when clearing site for housing and other infrastructural development, saying that indiscriminate felling of trees in the state is a violation of existing rules and regulations and would not hesitate to enforce it.

Meantime, a total of 6,834,938 trees have been planted across the state since the commencement of yearly exercise of tree planting 10 years ago.

Ambode stated this at the 10th Tree Planting Campaign Day, last Friday, organized  by Lagos State Parks and gardens Agency, LASPARK, with the theme: ‘Think Green, Plant Trees, Live Green’ held at Shasha Recreational Park, Alimosho, Lagos.

Ambode, represented by the Special Adviser on the Environment, Mr. Babatunde Humpe, however, said that in the event that a tree must be removed to pave way for developmental project, it must be done under the supervision and direction of the LASPARK.

He stated that this year’s campaign theme was in line with the State Government Environmental Sustainability Policy which in the last two years has guided the present administration actions on matters relating to the environment.
According to him, “In our determination to sustain the tempo of greener Lagos, ensure the sustainability of the Greening Initiative and create more avenues for relaxation and family bonding, all parks and gardens in the 20 Local Government Areas and the 37 Local Council Development Areas would be resuscitated to complement the efforts of the Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency.”

He added that 570 newly trained youths had been empowered to jump-start the greening programme at the Local Government level.

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode stressed that the yearly exercise which has earned the State national and global recognition had planted over 6,834,938 trees over a period of 10 years.

‘To mark this year’s tree planning day, we are adding another 500,000 trees which will be planted simultaneously in 78 locations across the State’, he added.
In his words, “We must remember that trees are essential to human existence as they provide food, shelter, remedy for ill health, source of energy and also help to control storm water runoffs, noise pollution and prevent desert encroachment”.

While appreciating individuals, organisations, groups that have been partnering with the state in tree planting, Ambode called on the people of the state to imbibe the culture of planting trees, pointing out that planting of trees is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to preserve mother earth and combat the ravaging effect of climate change.

Earlier, Commissioner for the Environment Dr. Babatunde Adejare, said that the state is appreciative of the importance of the major role of tree planting, hence has remained in the forefront of environmental regeneration through its commitment to the proliferation of trees and green areas in the State.

The commissioner, who was represented by the Sole Administrator of Bariga LCDA, Prince Sanya Oshijo, called on residents to team up with the Government and work for the realization of its development sector and sustainable goals, particularly as it relates to the reform in the environmental sector.


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