The Igbogbo/Baiyeku Local Council Development Area (LCDA) in partnership with Lagos State Government and Igbogbo Platinums Lions Club, District 401A1, have marked the world tree planting day.
The council encouraged all residents to embrace the culture of planting trees as a way of preserving the environment against climate change.
The Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat who attended the event stated that the state government will keep doing everything it takes to ensure that it militates against climate change.
In his keynote address, represented by Mr Olajide Olakunle, the deputy governor called on all stakeholders and residents to make conscious efforts to live in harmony with nature.
He said, “Dear Lagosians, the environmental crisis did not begin globally, it began locally. One of the most important aspects of rearticulating human development is to be fair to nature and other living beings. We cannot be developed unless our lives become reconnected and in balance, cooperation and harmony with nature.
“As we forge a 21st century architecture of environment health that harmonizes natural resources with health and prosperity, tree planting will continue to play a starring role. Trees being a lifesaving investment empowers communities to increase green spaces and create opportunities for future resilience, broadly interact with nature and its resources and be more sensitive to sustainability issues.
“While the government is expected to lead the process, success will depend on concerted efforts by all stakeholders. There is clearly no more time to waste if we want to restore hope for the present and future generations; nature must be at the heart of development, and all of us, as societies, companies and individuals must make conscious effort to live in harmony with nature.”
In his remarks, the chairman, Igbogbo/Baiyeku LCDA, Builder Sesan Daini stated that it is committed to tree planting as protecting the environment against degradation is pivotal for well-being.
Daini, represented by his Vice President, Hon. Okedina Maja stressed the need for residents to plant at least one tree per month.
He said, “Let us understand trees as life. It provides what you breathe in, the absence of which all living animals will die. Your food and other nourishments come from trees.”
“Like all governments, we, in Igbogbo/Bayeku LCDA, join hands with the Governor Sanwo – Olu led administration in fidelity to this noble cause.
“Remember to plant one three per week or at most, a tree a month.”