Lagos Speaker, Obasa, urges Lagosians to stop trees felling


Ekocity Magazine with Agency report —The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, has urged residents of sub-urban areas of the state to desist from indiscriminate trees felling in the interest of all.

Obasa made the call on Thursday at the 9th Annual Tree Planting Day held at the Green Area, along WEMPCO Road, Ogba, Lagos. It was with the theme: “Lend a hand to save trees.” The speaker, who was represented by the Chairman, House Committee on the Environment, Dayo Saka-Fafunmi, said the state government was committed to improving the environment.

According to Obasa, the state’s commitment to greener and healthier environment informed its resolve to commence the planting of trees along newly constructed roads in the state.

He said: “Lagosians in sub-urban areas of the state are advised to desist from indiscriminate felling of trees. “We are also advising all residents in the metropolis to make effort to plant trees. There is a need for concerted efforts to protect the trees in order to combat global warming and climate change.”

Obasa said the state government would meet the target of planting 10 million trees by 2020 to combat environmental challenges. According to him, lack of trees had done more harm to the people and the environment. Earlier, the state’s Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare, said it had become important for everyone to take keen interest in the environmental protection. Adejare, who was represented by Adeola Oyatokun, an official from the ministry, said all residents must contribute to the protection of nature for the benefit of all.

He said: “The Tree Planting programme is to further help in propagating the Green Revolution Campaign geared towards climate change mitigation and adaptation.

“Besides beautifying the environment, the planted trees have helped to convert criminals’ hideouts and open spaces into orchids and woodlands. I agree that we need tress for foods, shelter, furniture and other basic necessities of life.

“We must, however, understand that as felling of trees increases day by day, the ecological balance should be maintained.

“We should plant more and more trees in order to provide a minimum basic requirement for human existence.” The commissioner said the ministry had been educating and enlightening residents on the importance of trees and how stakeholders could support the government.”

Adejare said the state’s urbanisation has also contributed to resource depletion, hence we all have a major role to ensure sustainability. “We must all act and work to lend a hand to plant and save the trees,” he said. The Green Initiative, launched in 2008, featured planting of trees along the roads by traditional rulers, political leaders, market persons and school pupils.

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