Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) joined its counterparts across the State to mark this year’s edition of the annual Tree Planting campaign at the Authority’s headquarters, Ijora-Olopa, on Saturday, July 14, 2018.
In his keynote address, the Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Babatunde Durosimi-Etti, who was represented by Mr. Tosin Dada, LAWMA’s Assistant General Manager, Administration and Human Resource, stated that conscious efforts to plant trees in the State would lead to community renewal and promotion of environmental responsibility.
“Active involvement in tree planting programs leads to a stronger sense of community socialisation and the promotion of environmental responsibility and ethics. Planting programs such as this also projects a visible sign of change and provides the impetus for other community renewal and action programmes”, the Commissioner said.
Durosimi-Etti also expressed his delight at the growing trend of people in Lagos embracing the message of tree planting, which shields the environment from degradation while equally making it habitable for humans.
“I am happy to say that tree planting in Lagos State is fast becoming a culture among our people. Lagosians from all works of life are gradually coming to terms with the strategic importance of trees for our collective survival”, he added.
Earlier in her welcome address, Mrs. Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola, the General Manager of Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency (LASPARK), represented by Mr. Olugbenga Jacob, stated that the tree planting campaign institutionalized by the State Government is aimed at enriching mother earth.
“When the tree planting program was institutionalised 11 years ago, we had no doubt in our mind that it will be a sustainable project. Today, to the glory of God and your unwavering support, we have planted 7,539,221 trees. Our Ten Million target by Y2020 is surely achievable”, Mrs. Adebiyi-Abiola revealed.
The LASPARK boss therefore urged Lagosians to join hands with the State Government to save and preserve the environment for generations yet unborn through tree planting in their respective environs.
Mrs. Elizabeth Ademola from LAWMA’s Projects Unit enlightened dignitaries at the event on the appropriate means of tree cultivation and subsequently led them to plant trees at strategic locations within the Authority’s headquarters.