Lagos State Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Samuel Babatunde Adejare today marked the 90th post-humous birthday of his mother with tree planting and urges Lagos residents to imbibe the habit of planting trees to protect the environment.
Adejare called on all residents, especially those living around the newly regenerated Ogba market to make tree planting a part of their lives by planting trees to mark their birthdays and other commemorative events.
“We are planting these trees in honour of my mother, Mrs. Grace Iyabode Oduwole, who would have been 90 years today if she were to be alive. I am using this medium to advise you all to make sure that trees are planted to mark your ceremonies such as birthdays,’’ he said.
Adejare who was joined by other dignitaries in the commemorative event urged residents of the Ogba community to complement the orderliness that now pervades the vicinity by embracing tree planting as the next step to beautify the area and reap the benefits of growing trees.
In the same vein, the Commissioner urged traders in the Onigbongbo market in Maryland to tidy up their environment and shun street trading to ensure that the adjoining streets are free for vehicular movements.
Adejare, during his sanitation compliance monitoring of the market, instructed the market leaders to ensure that goods were no longer displayed on the walkways and road setbacks, adding that the cleanliness of the market should be their priority.
He urged sellers at the market to emulate stall owners in Ogba who had cooperated with the Ministry of the Environment to achieve the neatness and orderliness being currently enjoyed by both the markets, sellers and residents of the community.