Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has warned residents of the state against uncontrolled felling of trees, noting that tree planting was a potent measure “to fight ocean surge and mitigate climate change effects.”
The governor, therefore, disclosed the plan of the state government to plant ten million trees by 2020 out of which he said six million trees had been planted across 20 local government areas (LGAs) and local council development areas (LCDAs) since the state’s tree-planting programme took off in 2010.
He stated this at the recent 2016 tree-planting day held at the NYSC Orientation Camp, Lagos, noting that tree planting “has been identified as one of the cheapest means of combating the effect of global warming and climate change.”
Ambode, who was represented by Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Olatunji Bello, noted that the state should plant trees “to replace those removed from vast acres of land so that we reduce the rate of ocean surge and erosion with its attendant problem of displacement of homes and communities.”
Before delivering Ambode’s message, Bello disclosed that the tree-planting programme under a theme ‘Lend a Hand to Save Trees’ was held simultaneously in 87 locations including 20 LGAs, 37 LCDAs and 8 other ceremonial sites across the state.
Source: Nigeria Today