Abeokuta: As the 5th Executive Governor of Ogun State, Prince Adedapo Oluwasegun Abiodun takes oath of office, the President Landscape Horticulturists Association of Nigeria (LAHORAN) Mr. Sanya Falolu wants the new administration to take deliberate measures about environmental protection and conservation as against occasional ceremonial planting of trees.
Mr. Falolu who spoke in an interview with newsmen on Wednesday at the M.K.O Abiola International Stadium during the historic swearing – in of the new governor and his Deputy, Engineer Noimot Salako- Oyedele also wants the new administration to patronise local experts to ensure proper monitoring, culturing and tending.
” It is not about tree planting alone , there is the aspect of post- planting, tending, nurturing, culturing and maintenance which requires constant monitoring and close touch, lamenting that the non patronage of local experts is hindering the growth of the trade locally.
” In Ogun State, with most of the roads being constructed, the finishing touches have to come with landscaping and tree planting, otherwise it would not be sustainable and attractive ”
Falolu said “in most of the cities such as Port Harcourt and Lagos where such things works, most of them allow local and private participation”
According to him, most of the contractors usually brought from outside the state who have collected money for job done may not look back since they are not resident within, saying government should desist from playing politics with such critical environmental sustainability issue.
” When it comes to the issue of beautification, reafforestation , tree planting , we should go beyond playing politics around it”
He contended that activities of the government on environmental beautification and conservation should not be limited to occasional celebration of World Environmental day and the likes , but government should instead be deliberate and create room for evaluation to know the effect of whatever projects executed as well as be more focused.
As a matter of urgency, Falolu called on the new administration to develop a robust green plan for the state as well as reactivate what they have on ground saying the only way to prevent environmental or related hazards is to take afforestation serious.
Speaking on the need to prevent environmental degradation and erosion at all cost, the expert conservationist also said environmental degradation “exposes us to global warming and ultraviolet rays which are cancerous”
He equally wants the government to inculcate the value of protecting the environment on the younger ones through the issue of green club and nature corner, usually practiced in the past , saying ” people can easily wake up and go into crime such as kidnapping and armed robbery because they do not have the nature of protecting nature in them”.