Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Wednesday advised Lagos residents to stop further destruction of critical green infrastructure.
He made this known at the year 2021 Lagos State Annual Tree Planting Day celebration in Ajah, Lagos.
At the event, themed: “Restore and Recover,” the governor noted that the mutual and sincere efforts of the residents are needed for complete restoration and recovery.
Sanwo-Olu, who said that his administration has placed the environment at the center of its development agenda, added: “We believe environmental protection and preservation will enhance our people’s wellbeing and quality of life. I call on you to key into this worthy cause: let us jointly preserve our environment.”
The governor noted that his administration’s “goal is to inspire an urban future where nature is abundant, accessible and co-managed by an active and inspired citizenry.
“Our desire is to provide green space and environmental education in all communities and create urban biodiversity corridors across the city of Lagos.”
“Tree planting is a good way to restore local ecosystems and it is gratifying to note that many Lagosians have become enthusiastic about tree planting in Lagos State.
“Trees are astonishing, they capture carbon from the atmosphere, protect and fertilize soils and harbor many of the planet’s animals, birds and insects.
“The cultural, spiritual, and recreational role of trees makes them essential for the wellbeing of humans. All of these benefits make us more resilient despite economic and environmental shocks,” he added.
Also at the event, the state Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello, said the programme aimed to stimulate statewide awareness on the environment by encouraging tree planting.
“Tree planting is one of the active human interventions, and about the cheapest for effective restoration of the earth, and this administration is appreciative, and happy that Lagosians are seriously embracing this habit,” Bello said.