Trees will be simultaneously planted in all 57 local governments and local council development areas.
The Government of Lagos State has said it will embark on tree planting in 57 local government and council development areas as part of efforts to promote a healthy ecosystem.
The General Manager, Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency, Mrs Adedotun Popoola, said this in a statement on Friday, July 10, 2020 with the title ‘Year 2020 Lagos State Tree Planting Day – Trees for life’.
She said the state would adopt four isolation centres as ceremonial sites for this year’s Tree Planting Day.
The general manager said,
“Trees will be simultaneously planted in all 57 local governments and local council development areas; our permanent ministry, the Lagos State Ministry of Environment and Water Resources, environment agencies of the government and other friends of the environment will also be marking the day by planting trees in various locations across the state.”
To encourage individuals and organisations to plant, she said the state commenced distribution of free tree seedlings in July.
She added that representatives of 57 LDAs and LCDAs had been picking up seedlings.
Popoola said, “In addition to this, we introduced an online competition where children between the ages of four and 12 are to draw, paint or write about their own interpretation of this year’s theme; ‘Tree for life’.
“This is an opportunity for children to express their creativity, as well as develop curiosity and appreciation of the relevance of trees in environmental sustainability.”
She said that participants with the top three entries would be rewarded with prizes.
She said, “For many of us, 2020 started like every other year with very high expectation. Nobody anticipated that the year would reveal COVID-19, one of the most infectious diseases ever to hit the entire world at a single time.
“The interdependence of humans and the environment in which we exist is becoming increasingly clearer, and as countries respond to the global crisis, the path ahead represents possibly a once-in-a-life-time opportunity to shift the global development paradigm towards more sustainable and inclusive policies that will act as a foundation for resilient people and societies.