BY IKENNA ASOMBA
The Chairman, Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area, Comrade Ayodele Adewale, Sunday, disclosed that the council spends about N12 million annually in its efforts to combat the menace of climate change in Lagos State.
Speaking during the 2013 tree planting day in the Council, Adewale said this money is spent on payment of salaries for members of the Green Club, an agency established by his administration to engender the planting, protection and sustenance of trees in the local government.
He said: “Over the last four years, our administration has determined to invest in our environment, through the planting of trees. This initiative is in line with Governor Babatunde Fashola’s efforts towards making adequate preparations against the negative impact of climate change. Over these years, we have established the Green Club, which has over 50 staff. Paying them N20, 000 monthly, one would discover that we spend over N12 million annually to plant trees alone.”
While thanking Amuwo-Odifin residents for their continuous commitment and support to the council towards a cleaner environment, he added: “In the last four years, the Green Club has planted over 5,000 trees, and this is the major reason, why we are calling on all residents to continue to support the tree planting campaign of our administration. We will continue to thank God for a zero flood situation in Amuwo Odofin, which is as a result of our prompt actions towards a cleaner and greener Lagos.”
Meanwhile, Gov. Babatunde Fashola, who was represented by former Speaker Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr. Abayomi Kiyomi expressed satisfaction in the state’s tree planting campaign. He said: “When we launched the tree planting exercise in 2008, our aim was to plant 1 million trees in 10 years. But today, I am proud to announce that we have successfully planted over 4 million trees in just six years.”