Friday, September 12, 2008
Lagos: From ‘Ghetto’ to Garden City
The administration of Governor Babatunde Fashola has many ambitious dreams. One of the latest of such daring dreams of a government that has barely spent two years is to transformthe state from a massive concrete ghetto to a garden state.
To actualize the tall dream of greening and reducing the high rate of carbon in the atmosphere, the Lagos State Government has embarked upon an aggressive tree planting campaign which would lead to the planting of no fewer than one million trees in the state within the next ten years.
The tree planting campaign was flagged off by Governor Fashola last week, precisely September 2, 2008 along Ikorodu road in the heart of Lagos. Fashola said the campaign is to be carried out by the State Government in conjunction with corporate bodies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), local governments and other stakeholders in the society.
The State commissioner for Environment, Dr. Muiz Adeyemi Banire revealed that no fewer than 250,000 trees are to be planted within the first three months of the campaign. Of this figure, the State Government is expected to contribute about 10, 000 plant seedlings..
The painting is by Laura Tasheiko