As part of its commitment to ensure a sustainable environment, the Lagos State Government on Thursday planted 10 Historical Breadfruit Trees at Breadfruit street, Lagos Island.
In a remark during the exercise at St. Paul Anglican Primary School, the Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Dr. Omobolaji Gaji, explained that the Tree Planting exercise was part of activities marking the year 2022 World Environment Day and appealed to all Lagosians to join in the environmental regeneration efforts of the State government to fast track the needed change.
Highlighting the 2022 World Environment Day theme “Only One Earth” Dr Gaji described it as a campaign to ensure that the beautiful planet remains a comfortable home for humanity.
He listed other activities lined up by the Lagos State Ministry of the Environment to mark the annual event to include an Environmental Awareness Walk, submission of a petition for the support of the Environment to Lagos House of Assembly and a formal event rounding off the celebration this Sunday.
Earlier in his goodwill message, the representative of the Education Secretary, Lagos Island Education District, Mr. Rasheed Fashanu commended the Government for replanting the historical tree for which the street was named due to a large concentration of Breadfruit trees in the area.
On his part, the Director, Sanitation Services Department, Dr. Hassan Sanuth explained that Lagos had been planting indigenous trees synonymous to certain areas adding that in previous years other trees like Mango was planted at the Mangoro area of the state as well as the Coconut Tree planted at the Idi-Agbon Area in Ifako Ijaiye.
This year’s World Environment Day celebration is a historic milestone in the global community as it marks 50 years since the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, widely seen as the first international meeting on the environment.
By Omolara Omosanya