La­gos plants 6 mil­lion trees to com­bat cli­mate change

Daily Trust - - ENVIRONMENT - From Nu­rudeen Oye­wole, La­gos

The La­gos State Com­mis­sioner for En­vi­ron­ment, Dr. Ba­batunde Ade­jare, has dis­closed that the state gov­ern­ment has so far planted six mil­lion trees to com­bat cli­mate change.

Ade­jare made the dis­clo­sure at the Coastal Cities At Risk Project Me­dia Work­shop held in La­gos on Thurs­day.

He said the La­gos State gov­ern­ment had since slated ev­ery July 14 as the tree plant­ing day to en­sure co­or­di­nated ef­forts to tackle the ram­pag­ing ef­fect of cli­mate change.

"Since we started tree plant­ing in La­gos, I can tell you that we have planted a to­tal of six mil­lion trees. To­day alone, we have planted 600,000 trees and our tar­get is that by Year 2020, we suc­ceed in plant­ing at least 10 mil­lion trees," Ade­jare said.

The com­mis­sioner said al­though many Lagosians were yet to ap­pre­ci­ate the es­sen­tial roles trees play in com­bat­ing the men­ace of cli­mate change, the min­istry would not re­lent in en­light­en­ing the pop­u­lace so as to en­sure that the bat­tle to safe­guard the so­ci­ety was al­len­com­pass­ing.

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