Go v e r n o r Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State yesterday said that his administration would soon commence the building of the biggest metropolitan park and in the sub-Saharan Africa just as he said about 97,000 jobs had been created in the tree planting programme in the last six months. The governor said the Lagos State Park and Garden Agency (LASPARK) has already planted about 5.9million trees in the last three years.
Speaking at a Stakeholders forum with private sectors held at Muson Centre, Onikan Lagos, Ambode said the planned biggest metropolitan park would be located at Ayeteju in Ibeju- Lekki-Ajah Expressway on 5 hectares of land. He said:” The proposed park will serve the people of Lekki, Ajah, Ibeju and its environs.
This park when completed, will be the biggest publicly owned in the whole of Sub-Saharan Africa, and will feature mini zoo, playing area for children, fitness centre, multipurpose game court, and many other features. If the amount needed to establish a park or garden is high, the cost of maintaining them it is twice expensive.”
The governor, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tunji Bello, explained that the state government embarked on creation of park and garden in order to protect the environment, saying that global warming and its devastating impact on the environment is real. He charged residents to collaborate with the government in the task of creating ‘a greening environment’.
However, Commissioner for the environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare explained that the forum was specially designed to promote a synergy that will be beneficiary to all stakeholders in both the short run and long run. “Green business is a smart business.
Going green provides a bottomline cost savings as well as competitive advantage in the market place. Solid environmental programme attract the highest employee to your organisation and keep those that you happy and healthy”, Adejare added