Rotary Club Onigbongbo on Wednesday kicked off its tree planting programme as part of activities to boost International Tree Planting of the United Nations.
Speaking at the event at Wasinmi Secondary School, Maryland, Lagos, the club’s President Adebowale Aderotoye said their programme was also in fulfilment of this year’s theme of Rotary International entitled: ‘Support Planet Earth and Environment’.
He said the club adopted the school because it is in its domain. For a start, he said, it planted three trees, adding that more would be planted in future.
He noted that trees are vital to life because they give us oxygen, replenish lost energy and tackle erosion, among others.
Aderotoye said when trees die and are not replaced, the earth would be affected. He therefore urged Nigerians to save the environment by imbibing the culture of tree planting.
He scored the Lagos State government high in tree planting, adding that it has an agency dedicated to tree matters.
During former Babatunde Fashola’s administration, he recalled, no one could cut a tree in the state without a government’s permit. He advised other state governments to follow the footsteps of Lagos.
Rotary District 9110 Planet Earth/Environment Committee Chairman Jellily Efedi also emphasised the benefits of tree planting to life. He praised the club for championing the cause of tree planting. He urged other Rotarians and Nigerians to do so.