On Friday, the 14th of July, Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State directed immediate planting of 500,000 trees in 78 locations to protect the environment and promote healthy living. Ambode, who was represented by his Deputy, Dr Idiat Adebule, gave the directive in Lagos at the 2017 Tree Planting Campaign put together by the Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency with the theme: “Think Green, Plant Trees, Live Green’’.
According to the governor, 6.8 million trees had been planted since the state government started the campaign in 2007.
“To mark this year’s Tree Planting Day, we are adding another 500,000 trees, which will be planted across the state. We must remember that trees are essential to human existence, as they provide food, shelter, remedy for all ill health and source of energy,’’ he said.
Gov. Ambode further added that trees helped to control storm, noise pollution, water runoffs and desert encroachment.
“If we must continue to live in good health, planting of trees will be a strategy that must be embraced by all. This is because planting of trees is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to preserve mother earth and combat the ravaging effect of climate change. I urge residents and organisations to support this campaign so that, together, we can mitigate the effects of climate change and make our cities and communities healthier,’’ he said.