From:Bamidele Fashube, Abuja
The Lagos State Government on Thursday, unfolded plans to plant 500,000 trees in honour of frontline health workers in the fight against novel coronavirus in the country.
It said this would be executed within the next three months.
Speaking at a briefing in Lagos, the General Manager (GM), Lagos State Park and Gardens Agency (LASPARK), Mrs Adetoun Popoola, said the 2020 tree planting day “Trees for Life”, slated for July 14, will be dedicated to health workers in appreciation for their sacrifices.
She said:“The efforts of the workers during this period of global health crisis need to be appreciated with lasting things that would outlive us.
“These trees will outlive us to remind the generation to come of the strides of those heroes of today and to further poise them into taking measures to sustainably use the environment.”
According to her, the trees would be planted in all the COVID-19 Isolation Centres in the state to signify the resilience of the frontline workers.
“The agency on July 1st began free distribution of seedlings to all the 20 local government areas in the state in readiness for July 14, to encourage people to plant trees starting from their immediate environment to make a greener state,” she said.
She explained that the state had in 2008, declared July 14 its annual tree planting day to raise awareness on green environment.
Popoola, who acknowledged the coastal nature of the state and its attendant environmental challenges, said that it was the responsibility of LASPARK going by its enabling Act of 2011, Section 20 (1), to ensure greener Lagos.