Ikeja - The Lagos State Government on Sunday said it planted 4.6 million trees in six years to prevent flooding and other ecological disasters.
Gov. Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State said this while inaugurating the Tree Planting Campaign 2013 in Agege Area of the state.
Fashola, who was represented by the Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Ayotunde Phillips, said trees were germane to human existence as they supported life in many ways.
"The absence of greens results in vegetal degradation, impoverished ecosystem and decreased biological productivity that lead to food shortage, ill health, and low per capita income.
"When we launched the tree planting in 2008, our aim was to plant one million trees in 10 years.
"Today, I am proud to announce that we planted 4.6 million trees in just six years", he said.
Fashola said that Lagos was spared the heavy flooding which ravaged the nation in 2012 because of the administration's green campaign.
Earlier, Tunji Bello, Lagos State Commissioner for Environment said the government had established the Lagos State Parks and Garden Agency (LASPARK) to enhance the sustainability of its tree planting programme.
He called on Lagosians to support government in confronting flood and other environmental disasters by embracing tree planting.
Highlight of the programme was the planting of Black Afara trees around Agege.
Prizes were presented to three pupils who emerged winners of the 'Me and My Tree Competition' organised by the Ministry of the Environment.