Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun, Vice-Chancellor, Lagos State University (LASU), on Friday urged Nigerians to help preserve the environment by planting trees.
Fagbohun, represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Olumuyiwa Noah, said this at the 2017 Lagos State tree planting ceremony organised by the university.
Tree planting, a campaign institutionalised by the Lagos State Government, holds yearly on July 14.
The theme for the 2017 Tree Planting Day is `Think Green, Plant Trees and Live Green`.
“When we plant trees, we are simply helping ourselves; we must plant trees because felling trees endangers our environment.
“If you fell a tree, plant ten to save us from climate change,” he said.
According to him, plants are medicinal and essential for all that human beings do and so planting must be supported.
He said by supporting the government initiative, the environment is beautified and also far from the risk of climate change.
A copy of Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode’s of Lagos State’s speech also read by Prof. Noah stated that 500,000 trees are targeted to be planted this year.
He noted that the state government was determined to sustain the tempo of greener Lagos.
Also, the Lagos State Commissioner for the Environment, Mr Babatunde Adejare, represented by Mr Taiwo Oluwasegun, lauded the state government for its campaign and effort.
Adejare said it is an offence to fell trees without the permission of Lagos State Park and Gardens Agency (LASPARK) and so residents must desist from such act.
He said that the 2017 exercise was the 10th of its kind, and urged Lagos residents to continue keying into the initiative.