Towards tackling the menace of flooding, depletion of the ozone layer and providing a healthy environment, Rotary Club of Ikeja South, District 9110, has held its 2019 Tree Planting Programme.
The well-attended event which had its theme as ‘Going Green Is Our Dream’ was held at the Special Correctional Center for Boys, Oregun, Lagos and had Past President Azuh Arinze, Publisher, YES INTERNATIONAL! Magazine as compere.
In his welcome address, President, Rotary Club of Ikeja South, Rtn Michael Effiong, stated that the club decided to key into the tree planting programme initiated by the Lagos State Government and Rotary International, District 9110, because of the tremendous advantage of trees to the environment.
He noted that planting trees helps reduce the effects of erosion on the environment and also makes the air fresher; apart from providing good shade.
“We held this project to ensure that we contribute our quota to creating a better environment. Trees help release more oxygen into the air which is good for us while absorbing carbodioxide that humans breathe out, which means it is a win-win situation”.
While making a presentation on the advantages of Tree Planting, Ms Adebimpe Afinowi, a member of the Tree Planning & Maintenance Unit, Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency, disclosed that trees are in better positions to help tackle the problem of global warming, climate change, heat wave and many other things that ruin the environment.
“The cheapest form of mitigating climate change is to plant trees, and they can be done at any time. We can plant trees to commemorate occassions such as even naming, wedding or birthday. Which means we need not wait for Tree Planting Days to plant trees.”
She stated further: “Trees will help reform the ozone layer in the atmosphere that has been destroyed by green house gasses and other fossil fuels while shielding us from ultraviolet rays.”
She again added that trees when well planted on a property and its surroundings increase the value of the property by at least 15 per cent, maintaining that there are different species for different locations and soil types and therefore this should be put into consideration when planting the trees.
The school Principal, Mr. Salau Abolaji, expressed gratitude to the club for choosing the school for the tree planting exercise.
In his words, “There are many correctional schools in Lagos State, therefore we thank you most sincerely for choosing our facility for this programme. It is a great privilege that we would not take for granted because the trees will benefit the students and the wards.”
In his remarks, District Governor Nominee, Rtn. Remi Bello, buttressed the point that tree planting was good for the environment and it was a partnership between Lagos State Government and Rotary District 9110.
After his speech, the senior Rotarian, Rtn James and Rtn Barth Ufoegbunam, presented assorted drugs and medications to the Centre. The items were donated by the Club with the support of Gracevalley Medical Centre, Isolo, Lagos.
The event was attended by Olu of Oregun, who was represented by Jagunmolu of Oregun, Chief Oluwafemi Bakare; Chairman, Community Development Association (CDA), Alausa, Mr. Lukman Dopemu, his PRO, Mr. Ismaila Adepitan and Financial Secretary, Mr. Sylvester Osolase; LASPARK team; many Rotarians and members of the public.