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Lagos to mark tree-planting day

By Bertram Nwannekanma
11 July 2022   |   2:43 am
The Lagos State Government through the State Parks and Gardens Agency (LASPARK) has disclosed plans to commemorate this year’s Tree Planting Day with the simultaneous planting of trees

[FILES] Tree planting

The Lagos State Government through the State Parks and Gardens Agency (LASPARK) has disclosed plans to commemorate this year’s Tree Planting Day with simultaneous planting of trees across the 57 local councils of the state

The general manager of LASPARK, Mrs. Adetoun Popoola who stated this, explained that July 14th has been institutionalised to mark the day, adding that the theme for this year is “In Harmony with Nature”.

According to her, there was a need to take steps to build a sustainable relationship between humanity and nature and emphasise to the public that trees are a vital part of the natural environment contributing to human life.

“In addition to providing shade, trees produce oxygen and purify the air we breathe by removing harmful particles from the atmosphere. We must therefore learn to co-exist in harmony with nature,” she said.

Popoola revealed that the event would be commemorated with the planting of trees simultaneously across the 57 Local Governments (LGAs) and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) of the state.

She said the exercise will be flagged-off by the Commissioner for the Environment & Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello at the newly refurbished Dr Oluyomi Abayomi Finnih Recreational Park, Oregon, and that tree seedling will be given to the local authorities as well as interested individuals, private organisations and Non-Governmental Organisations at no cost to encourage them to plant in their homes, offices and communities.

“We are well aware of the importance of environmental education to children and young adults. We must also help them build the knowledge and skills necessary to address complex environmental issues and identify simple, day-to-day actions to improve the environment for a sustainable future.

We are therefore pleased to announce this year’s Art Competition for children aged 3 to 16 where we expect them to use any art form to interpret their understanding of this year’s tree planting day theme” Popoola added.

She said each participant will receive a digital Certificate of participation and the winning artwork will be displayed at the Dr. Oluyomi Abayomi Finnih Recreational Park, Oregun, in addition to receiving other exciting prizes like tablets, smartwatches and school bags, urging parents, guardians and teachers to encourage their children and wards to participate in the competition to showcase their creativity and talent.