To further enhance the determination of the government to encourage tree planting, Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency (LASPARK) has taken the initiative of celebrating retirees from the State Public Service with the planting of trees.
The event, which was part of the retirement programme of the departing officers in the State Teaching Service at the Education District I, Ikeja, was aimed at entrenching the act of tree planting as a symbolic activity towards the advancement of humanity.
Speaking during the tree planting session, the General Manager of LASPARK, Mrs. Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola, declared that commemorating notable events in our lives with the planting of trees is a rewarding adventure, stating that the act is a means of giving back
to nature what we have taken from it.
She pointed out that in recent years, the Agency has institutionalised the practice of tree planting through the monthly commemoration of the birthdays of Principal Officers in the State Public Service and celebrating other notable dates with tree planting.
Adebiyi-Abiola, represented by the Head, Tree Planting Unit, Mrs. Funmilayo Daudu, explained that the initiative was to encourage senior citizens who had in the past contributed immensely to the State Civil/Public Service to lead the crusade of habitual tree planting among citizens as a way of promoting government policy and programmes towards achieving the 10 million target of tree planting by 2020.
“The idea behind the initiative is to encourage and expose as many people as possible towards the planting of trees to commemorate major events. This will promote a healthy environment and reduce extravagant spending on frivolities, in such a way that people can look back and appreciate the environment they had created when the trees eventually grow and people are taking abode under it”, she explained.