Yaba Local Council Development Area (LCDA) aligned with others in the state to mark this year Tree Planting Exercise themed, ‘Restore and Recover’. The exercise took place at the Federal Science and Technical College, Yaba.
The commissioner for Environment and Water Resources Hon. Tunji Bello, ably represented by Mrs. Okikiola Ottun emphasized the importance of tree planting to the environment and people. In her words, “it plays a respiratory role, contribute to reducing greenhouse gases and replenishes the air through oxygen emission.
“Trees also improve the aesthetic value of the environment, prevent erosion, provide shade and shield houses from wild storm.”
The exercise was graced with the presence of the state Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu who was represented by the Executive Chairman of Yaba LCDA, Hon. (Dr.) Kayode Adejare Omiyale.
Omiyale welcomed partakers to this year’s exercise and stressed on the theme: ‘Recover and Restore’, in consonance with the state administration’s agenda T.H.E.M.E.S, in which “environment” plays a crucial role as a pillar to the agenda.
He also acknowledged the growing commitment of people to the environment. He said that “Recover” is termed to heal the devastation wrecked by the COVID-19 pandemic and, “Restore” to replenish the environmental damage done during ENDSARS protests in the state.
In conclusion of his speech, “Lagos is one of megacities in the world with rapid urbanisation. By 2030, it is expected that the urban population will double in size and urban space will increase, thereby making inference ecosystem come under threat. This can be prevented with proactive measure with Tree Planting significantly”.
He thanked and implored all to be friendly with the environment to protect the ecosystem.
Trees were planted by the Governor’s representative, Commissioner’s representative, Vice Chairman Hon. Bolanle Aileru, Leader of the House, Hon. Solomon Gbinigie, among others.