LAGOS SET FOR ANNUAL TREE PLANTING DAY CELEBRATION

The Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency (LASPARK) has finalised plans for the Year 2022 Tree Planting Day celebration with the theme: “In Harmony with Nature”, stating that the occasion would inspire a sustainable relationship between humanity and nature.

The General Manager of LASPARK, Mrs. Adetoun Popoola, spoke on Thursday while unveiling the plans at her office in Ikeja, declaring that July 14th has been institutionalised and is observed annually as the Lagos State Tree Planting Day.

Her words: “We will continue to emphasise to the public that trees are a vital part of our natural environment and an immense contributor to human life. In addition to providing shade, trees produce oxygen and purify of the air we breathe by removing harmful particles from the atmosphere. We must, therefore, learn to co-exist in harmony with nature”.

Speaking further, Popoola revealed that the event will be commemorated with the planting of trees simultaneously across the 57 Local Governments (LGAs) and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) of the State.

According to her, 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, Oregun, adding that tree seedlings will be given to the local authorities as well as interested individuals, private organisations and NGOs, 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. They must understand how their decisions and daily activities affect the environment. We must also help them build the knowledge and skills necessary to address complex environmental issues, as well as identify simple, day-to-day actions to improve the environment for a sustainable future”, she explained.

“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 that the winning artwork will be displayed at the Dr. Oluyomi Abayomi Finnih Recreational Park, Oregun, while the beneficiary will also get other exciting prizes like tablets, smart watches and school bags.

Mrs. Popoola urged parents, guardians and teachers to encourage their children and wards to participate in the competition to showcase their creativity and talent.

While reiterating LASPARK’S commitment to landscape, plant and nurture trees to fight the negative effects of climate change and promote recreation and leisure through the establishment of parks and gardens in the State, the General Manager admonished residents to see tree planting as a civic responsibility to nurture and manage the environment, calling on everyone to partake in the forthcoming Lagos State Tree Planting Day. 

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