By Ediri Ejoh
In a bid to create an avenue to increase business opportunities as well as access to electricity, exchange of information and networking, Folub Eletrik Servz, yesterday, unveiled and donated an iconic possibility tree to Lagos Park, Laspark, also known as Muri Okunola Park.
Speaking during the handing over ceremony of the tree in Lagos, Managing Director of the company, Olabode Adefolu, explained that the idea of the iconic tree was motivated by the numerous need and disappointment faced by most people using the park when their electric gadgets run out of electric power.
He said: “We have used different means of electricity today. We have thought about it that when people go out they need power. That was the more reason we talked about, can we just make power available in every nooks and cranny of the city? This, of course, is just the pilot work.”
Explaining the workings of the charging tree, Adefolu said: “The tree is actually taking power from the sun. It stores the power to the battery and there is an inverter that converts it to electricity. It has about 16 charging points. Eight for chargers and eight for USB cord. A lot of people were coming in here to use it while we were test running.”
Chairman of Lekki Urban Forest and Animal Sanctuary Initiative, LUFASI, Desmond Majekodunmi, during the official unveiling of the tree, said: “Photosynthesis gives us energy in terms of sunlight while photo voltage gives us energy in terms of electricity. This is a very wonderful innovation and my only prayer is that this would be the first of many. There are 120 green parks in Nigeria and I would like to see 120 Iconic trees in all of them.”
On her part, General Manager of Laspark, Mrs. Bilikiss Abiola, expressed gratitude to the company, saying: “When Folu came to Laspark to disclose his intention of donating the iconic tree, we saw it as a great development because it is very interesting to have civic-minded individuals want to contribute their own quota to help the government because the government can’t do it all.”