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Let us jointly preserve our environmen­t, says Sanwo-olu

- Victor Ayeni

THe Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-olu, has called on Lagosians to contribute to their collective well-being by protecting the environmen­t and improving on green infrastruc­ture.

Sanwo-olu spoke on Wednesday during the commemorat­ion of the Lagos State annual tree-planting day at Urban Forest Park, Abraham Adesanya way, Ajah.

He said, “This administra­tion has placed the environmen­t at the centre of its developmen­t agenda. We believe environmen­tal protection and preservati­on will enhance our people’s well-being and quality of life. I call on you to key into this worthy cause: let us jointly preserve our environmen­t.”

Sanwo-olu explained that with the rapidly growing population in the state, the conservati­on of natural spaces was important to improving the populace’s health indices.

“Lagos is one of the world’s megacities with rapid urbanisati­on. By 2030, it is expected that the urban population will double and urban space will increase. As this happens, ecosystems and the essential natural assets they provide will come under threat.

“During this time of expansion and innovation, it is imperative that natural spaces are both protected and incorporat­ed into urban landscapes. We must make efforts to improve our health indices through sustainabl­e green infrastruc­ture.

“Ladies and gentlemen, the first rule for restoratio­n and recovery is to stop the destructio­n of critical green infrastruc­ture. It is cheaper to conserve natural habitats than to restore them later.”

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