The Ekiti State government has started planting no fewer 750 trees as part of measures aimed at protecting public buildings at the State Secretariat against windstorms.
Flagging off the tree programme, the State Head of Service and Chairman, Forest Regeneration project in the State, Dr. Olugbenga Faseluka said the tree planting in public space is expected to cover all Ministries, Department and Agencies, education and health facilities and local government secretariats among others.
Dr. Faseluka added that 128,000 seedlings of teak and gmelina have been raised for free distribution to public institutions following the flag off of the State Forest Regeneration programme by Governor Ayodele Fayose a forthnight ago.
While commending Fayose for his foresight on the forest regeneration enterprise in the State when he cultivated 636 hectares of Gmelina and Teak during his first tenure as governor, the Head of Service said Fayose deserves commendation for investing in the economy of the State.
He enjoined public servants to embrace tree planting and support government in the enterprise. Faseluka listed the importance of trees to include serving as wind-breakers, aesthetics, as well as health benefits such as the production of oxygen through photosynthesis.
In his remarks, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Environment,Mr Olumide Ajayi said the present government is planting trees in 64 hectares of government plantations as a way of discouraging indiscriminate felling of trees without replacement.
Ajayi added that the the trees would help to mitigate the effects of climate change in our environment.
Thursday, September 20 2018, 4:20 pm