In line with its global support for the environment and stemming the catastrophic tides of climate change, Rotary Club of Idimu High-Rise (provisional) District 9110 Nigeria, Wednesday, planted trees in two elementary schools – Government Primary School, and Oreofe Primary School in Ikotun-Egbe area to support Basic Education in Lagos State.
In each of the schools, half a dozen infant species of giant trees – Almond, Step, and Masquerade – were planted on carefully dug and fertalised holes, as a means of reinforcement to the erosion-threatened citadels of learning.
This was it’s efforts in line with International Tree Planting Day 2020 and its slogan ‘Supporting the Environment’ all Rotary Clubs across the world are expected to plant trees, gardens and beautify parks creatively manage wastes, and supports the coastal regions among others.
According to the Supervising Officer and Chairman, Planet Earth Committee, Rotarian Jelili Efedi, the club was consistent with the renewed global efforts targeted at stemming the catastrophic tides of climate change.
“For the public, because of the emergency of climate change, Rotary International has recently expanded its Areas of Focus to accommodate what is now called ‘Supporting the Environment’. Rotary Clubs across the world are expected to plant trees, gardens and beautify parks creatively manage wastes, and supports the coastal regions among others, all in a bid to support the environment,” he adds.
In his address, the Charter President, Rotary Club of Idimu High-Rise, Rotarian Bankole Adeshina, said the decision to plant trees inside the premises of the schools, was consistent with his administration’s determination to support basic education however possible.
He further implored well-meaning Nigerians to, as a matter of priority, embrace tree planting, effective management of domestic wastes, and routine environmental sanitations as their indispensable contributions to global development.
Adeshina noted that the challenge of flooding has become too conspicuous to be ignored, lamenting the three days back-to-back downpour in Lagos recently, which rendered many poor residents homeless, and destroyed many other means of livelihood, especially when the rain has not climaxed yet.
“The same can be said of the extremely blazing sun and the highly polluted air and environment.
“So, we have an emergency on our hands. But we should not wait for every July 14, the International Tree Planting Day, to contribute our quotas,” he said.
In his advice, he highlight that the little they could do is plant trees more often, clean the environment, and find a more creative way on managing the wastes. “This is for the good of all of us, for a healthy environment breads healthy inhabitants”.
Reacting to the concept, the Chairman, Egbe-Idimu Local Community Development Area, Kunle Sanyaolu, applauded Rotary for the much needed intervention, saying given it’s selfless contributions over the years, Rotary had proven to be a dependable ally in global affairs.
“We are happy and grateful for this gesture, especially the choice of this school, for I know that when the trees survive, they will not only beautify the environment, but facilitate learning assimilation too.”Follow us on social media