The Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency (LASPARK) has demonstrated it’s commitment to continuously enhance the greenery of Lagos State through its environmental renewal and greenery programmes targeted at attaining a sustainable environment in the state.
The General Manager of LASPARK Mrs Adetoun Popoola made this known during an interview on Monday at the Johnson Jakande Tinubu (JJT Park) Alausa, Ikeja saying some of the greenery programmes in place include creation and maintenance of functional and operational parks and gardens, landscaping and beautification of open spaces, planting and maintenance of trees, establishing a supporting and intervention system as part of strategies to mitigate the effects of climate change and maintain the biodiversity of the State.
Popoola said the current administration is pushing the regeneration of Lagos through various initiatives, mentioning one of such as the creation of a clean green environment through LASPARK with the aim of building and sustaining Urban Green Spaces (UGS) like parks, gardens, roadsides vegetation etc across the state.
Speaking further, the General Manager stated that the achievement of a healthy and sustainable environment in Lagos State is a priority for the present administration as captured in the T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda, stressing that the vision for Lagos is that of a state free from air, water and land pollution hence, creating a livable environment for the citizens and generations to come.
She added that since the inception of LASPARK in 2011, the agency in its continuous efforts has planted over 7 million trees across the state in addition to the establishment of 11 Public Events Parks and 297 Gardens state wide noting that over 200 of the gardens are established by the state government, while over 80 by private concerns and over 30 established in schools.
Popoola stressed that the Lagos State Government through LASPARK will continuously identify degraded, vacant and contaminated spaces across the state and transform them strategically to potent and socio-economic viable sites .
Speaking on LASPARK partnership with the private sector , the General manager said;
“In the last two(2) years of this administration, LASPARK as the custodian of public open spaces in Lagos has strategically aligned its efforts and plans in bringing into its fold more green partners to support and advance the greening evolution.
This alliance is considered a key infrastructural support to the state government’s stride in creating a more sustainable city through Public-Private Partnership.
The agency has also been able to engage non-governmental actors and green investors to utilise and develop identified empty open spaces.
The process of adoption requires that the allottee provide the scope, plan and design of allotted space before landscaping, beautifying and incorporating other components, the Agency ensures that the allotted spaces correspondingly provide the city with a spatial structure that can support its socio-economic activities”.
While admonishing Lagos residents to change their disposition to parks and the greening of the environment, Popoola acknowledged the impact of climate change on several areas of our lives, urging Lagosians to embrace and take ownership of these green infrastructure which will prevent flooding, improve the quality of the air we breathe, the quality of life we live, and provide a place for children and families to connect with nature and recreate outdoors together.
The General Manager however, expressed the zeal of LASPARK to deliver a clean, friendly and ecologically sustainable city stressing that the Agency will not rest on its oars untill all setbacks, open spaces and median across the state are beautified.