Lagos - The Lagos State Government said its tree planting initiative had created more than 69 000 new jobs over the past six years.
Speaking at the Tree planting exercise with the theme, ”Life is better with Trees”, Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, said more than 3 100 jobs had been created this year.
According to the Governor, the new jobs came from maintenance of nurseries, supply of seedlings, planting of trees and maintaining them, adding that for people in this category who are ordinary people, the new jobs have become life savers to them.
He stated that in terms of landscaping, gardening and maintenance of several parks and gardens in the state, 51 direct labour horticulturists who designed the parks and help in planting have been hired while 10 major contractors have been engaged in the process.
The Governor also said at all the parks and gardens, 5 000 plumbers had been hired and are responsible for installing all the water systems and ensuring the optimum workings of the sprinklers.
Another 6 256 electricians had acquired new jobs by maintaining the lights, the solar panels and power pumps at the various gardens.
Fashola said 12 512 bricklayers had also got new jobs to construct the concrete kerbs and interlocking blocks at the gardens in addition to 15 640 gardeners who work in the parks and gardens.
He explained that the tree planting initiative has also created new 2 496 jobs for those who paint the grill at the parks and gardens while another 14 686 welders had been gainfully engaged at the various parks.
Fashola also stated that in the period under review 2 500 labourers who ensured the clearing of sites were hired in addition to 2 176 security guards who were responsible for securing the parks and that three consultants were hired by the state government to work on the parks and gardens.
He said in the process also 15 graphic artists were given jobs to design the signage and boards at the various parks in addition to 10 sculptors who erected statutes and bust at some of the parks.
The Governor noted that the list of beneficiaries did not include people like suppliers of curtain materials, lawn mowers and trimmers who are all involved in the process.
"Tree planting is a strategic intervention that speaks eloquently of the commitment of the present administration in formulating policies and staying with them. A trip round any part of the world will reveal that cities are all embarking on massive tree planting and greening programmes," Fashola said.
- CAJ News