To promote sustainable terrestrial ecosystems, combat desertification, and halt land degradation, the Rotary Club of Lekki Phase 1 has taken its tree-planting campaign to Lekki Peninsula II.
The tree-planting initiative, which is a yearly programme of the club, was meant to tackle effects of climate change and contribute to urban-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Specifically, the President of Rotary Club of Lekki Phase 1, Mrs Ifeoma Anieze-Corona, said the tree-planting initiative is one of the service areas of Rotary, aimed at saving the environment and helping to save a life.
Speaking with The Guardian at the tree-planting event held at Oral Estate in Lekki Penninsula II, to mark the yearly programme, the President said the club does not only plant trees but also monitors and nurtures them.
“What we do is when we want to plant trees, we partner with people within our area of service. In all these new estates, most of them are just there without trees and for our concern for the environment, we just approach them. Also, we plant these trees in the areas where they can be monitored,” she said.
Meanwhile, she complained of the bureaucratic processes the club had to pass through before some of its projects were approved, calling on the state government to lighten the process of getting approval to carry out humanitarian works in state-owned public institutions.
“For instance, when you want to go to the hospital to do anything, you have to go to the government first and sometimes, it really delays.”
Even the schools, when we go to the schools, for instance, to distribute educational materials, you have to get permission first.
“Although we don’t really mind, the process prolongs things. So, I think the government should see the positivity in what we are doing and try to lighten the process of approval,” she added.
In his remarks, the past Assistant Governor of Rotary District 9110, Kayode Aderinokun, said the programme was Rotary’s contribution towards the efforts in managing the environment.
He said: “The environment is becoming a very important concern. To some people, environmental issues are remote matters. We think the major concern of humanity is to have shelter, food and livelihood, but little by little, the environment is threatening all these, either directly or indirectly.”
Also, the Public Image Chair of the club, Okechukwu Nnoli, said tree planting should not be left for non-governmental organisations and the government alone, but should be done at all levels.
He said: “Tree planting is very vital right now as we have a serious pandemic and apart from that, we have a global warming issue. All these things are all interrelated in one way or the other, especially in the aspect of global warming and desertification, with more emphasis on sustainability of the environment, which indirectly gives sustainability of life generally.”