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Lagos To Mitigate Effect Of Climate Change

Posted: Jul 17, 2015 at 8:14 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

 By Funmi Falobi  –  Lagos


Lagos state government has planted 5.9 million trees and  created over 96,000 jobs since inception of its tree planting initiative to  mitigate effect of climate change in the state.

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode made this known during this year’s tree planting exercise with the theme “Tree, The Lungs of The Earth” and carried out simultaneous across the state on Tuesday.

Speaking through the Executive Secretary, Ojodu Local Council Development Area, Mallam Moyosore Jaji, he said all statistics and projections about the impact of climate change on the earth planet, particularly the gradual depletion of the rainforest, reinforce the need for all hands to be on deck.

“This tree planting exercise, which remains the cheapest and simplest option, is one of the strategies that have been in place to tackle this challenge. This initiative has resulted in the planting of about 5.9 million trees and the creation of over 96,000 jobs for all categories of artisans and professionals.

“I would like to enjoin all Lagosians to embrace tree planting as a way of life in order to restore the dignity of the earth. We must desist from indiscriminate felling of trees; and for every tree that must be removed; at least five must be planted,” the governor said. Jaji however revealed that 2,500 trees would be planted in the Ojodu ocal council to alleviate the effect of global saying that  most nations that are mostly affected do not have deliberate tree lanting initiative to mitigate climate change.

On his part, Principal Engineer, Lagos State Ministry of the Environment, Ogunsiji Kehinde said that the aggressive tree planting  campaign started in 2008 to complement the landscaping and beautification programme of the state as well as respond to  effects of the adverse weather conditions, including mitigating the negative  effect of climate change.