The Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sabwo-Olu, has said restoring environmental bio-diversity through tree planting is a task everyone must undertake.
According to him, the human race has a duty to protect the natural composition of the environment and embrace actions that will discourage degradation of the ecosystem.
Sanwo-Olu spoke on Tuesday at an event in Lagos to commemorate the 2020 Tree Planting Day.
The governor dedicated the exercise, with the theme, ‘Tree for Life’, to all health and emergency workers on the frontline of the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
He drew parallels between the protective role trees play in the environment, and the roles of health workers in protecting people from diseases and pandemics.
Sanwo-Olu said, “COVID-19 cannot become an excuse for taking our attention away from other issues. One of such is the issue of climate change and environmental sustainability.
“Lagos has seen its own fair share of climate change. As a coastal city, we are at the mercy of rising sea levels. As Africa’s most populated city, we have seen how demographic pressures have stripped the landscape of significant amounts of its forest cover.”
The Commissioner for the Environment, Mr Tunji Bello, said tree planting remained the effective remedial action against erosion, pointing out that the perennial problem of flooding could be solved if residents fully embraced tree planting as a new culture.