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Lagos Unveils Strategic Plan For Greening Initiative

Lagos Unveils Strategic Plan For Greening Initiative 150 150 zeus

In its bid to consolidate the gains recorded in urban renewal through the greening initiative, the State Government has unveiled a new strategy that would further enhance the implementation of effective and efficient greening policy for the benefit of residents of the State.

The General Manager of Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency (LASPARK) Mrs. Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola who unveiled the new strategic direction for the Agency at its Head Office office in Ikeja recently, noted that the new strategy became imperative in order to complement the Smart City vision of the present administration.

The new strategy, according to the General Manager will include; tourism development; greener Lagos campaign and the construction of five new recreational parks in different locations across the State.

While explaining the implementation strategy for tourism development, she stated that LASPARK will increase tourists’ attraction to the parks through unique programmes and exhibitions that will also create more jobs.

She informed that one of the new programme initiatives of the Agency, ‘The Art in the Park’, is already attracting tourists to the State from all walks of life, while hinting that children excursion to the parks will henceforth be driven by content that will feature historical background of Lagos State and other interesting facts about the Centre of Excellence.

She said “for enhanced tourism and recreation in the State, attention will now be on placemaking”, that is, creating space that will bring communities together such as Obalende Underbridge, MacGregor Canal, Jibowu Park, Iponri Linear Park among others”.

She revealed that plans are at advanced stage to establish five additional recreational parks in other locations of the State, saying that a four-kilometre bike path starting from Ojota to Gbagada will be created to complement all existing recreational facilities across the State.

As part of the strategic direction, she said there would be increased awareness and sustained advocacy on greening to further bring Lagosians closer to nature, stressing that the Agency had renewed a campaign on zero-tolerance for non-compliance to greening and beautification of frontals and setbacks of all property within the State.

The General Manager also called on private organisations and individuals to drive parks and gardens development across the State through adoption and maintenance of parks, reiterating the commitment of the State Government to support such organisations with visible brand exposure on gardens where necessary.

Meanwhile, LASPARK has intensified Night wetting of all beautified parks and gardens across the State in order to ensure that they remain lush green, especially during this dry season.

While on a monitoring tour of the activities of the Water Gangs along Iyana-Oworo Expressway on Tuesday night, Mrs. Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola stated that the exercise was aimed at improving the condition of the gardens and parks in an attempt to put them in perfect condition at all times.

Adebiyi-Abiola, however, decried the activities of vandals stealing water pumping machines from the parks and gardens, informing that the Agency has put machinery in place to arrest and prosecute anyone caught.

She enjoined residents and organisations close to any of the gardens to be vigilant and report any strange movement in and around the parks and gardens to the Agency via the toll-free line (0800LASPARK) or any of the Agency’s social media platforms or to the nearest Police Station.

LASPARK Commences Tree Pruning In Preparation For Rainy Season

LASPARK Commences Tree Pruning In Preparation For Rainy Season 150 150 zeus

General Manager of the Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency (LASPARK), Mrs Bilikiss Adebyi-Abiola, has charged residents of Lagos to imbibe the culture of greening by adorning the frontage of their residences with plants and flowers in order to promote and sustain a safe and healthy environment.

Speaking on the popular Yoruba programme ‘Gbagede Oro’ on Radio Lagos 107.5FM, Mrs Adebiyi-Abiola stated that a clean and beautiful environment adorned with trees, plants and flowers adds aesthetic value, noting that Lagosians have a sacred responsibility of enhancing the beauty of their natural environment.

The General Manager, represented on the programme by the Head of the Tree planting and Maintenance Unit, Mrs Dawodu Olufunmilayo, in response to questions on ‘Promoting Recreation & Greener Lagos’, stated that LASPARK has opened up more degraded areas and sites in all the 57 LGAs and LCDAs for beautification and adoption by interested corporate bodies or individuals.

She stressed the importance of trees to human survival and warned Lagosians to desist from indiscriminate felling of trees, saying that “when people continue to kill trees, they kill life, reduce biological diversity and cheat posterity”.

Mrs Adebiyi-Abiola enjoined residents to take advantage of recreational parks within and around their neighbourhood for recreation, stressing that it’s the best way to attain healthy living and general wellbeing.

She urged corporate organisations and notable individuals to avail themselves of the serene environment in and around the parks to hold meetings, family picnics as well as memorable events.

The General Manager assured Lagosians that the Agency has Regional and Monitoring Managers in all the six divisions of the State to ensure that the standards set for the greening initiative are maintained.

LASPARK Commences Tree Pruning In Preparation For Rainy Season

LASPARK Commences Tree Pruning In Preparation For Rainy Season 150 150 zeus

The Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency (LASPARK) says it has intensified the pruning of overgrown trees across the state in preparation for the rainy season.

The General Manager of LASPARK, Mrs Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola, said on Saturday in Lagos that the move was to avert windstorm disaster associated with the rainy season.

Adebiyi-Abiola said that the agency had so far pruned over 500 trees in different locations across the state.

She called on residents to notify the agency of any overgrown tree within their communities.

According to her, some of the trees, apart from their tendency to wreak havoc during windstorm, are already competing with electric cables and poles.

”Calling the attention of the agency to overgrown trees in different parts of the state will help to prevent loss of lives and property.

”I am, therefore, seeking your support to report to the agency any of these trees that can affect, not only you, but other members of the society.

”This is because it is not possible for the representatives of the agency to be everywhere at all times to assess urgent issues related to these trees.

”This is what is required of you as a responsible citizen and this is what I am encouraging you to do,” she said.

Adebiyi-Abiola also urged residents to desist from cutting down trees without permission from the state government.

She said that the zero-tolerance stance to tree cutting and pruning without clearance from LASPARK still persisted.

The general manager reaffirmed the state government’s commitment to enforcing all Environmental and Greening Laws.

“This is to curb the menace of indiscriminate tree pruning and felling in all nooks and crannies of the state,’’ she said.