Horticulturists task Abiodun on environmental protection, local patronage

As Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun settled down for governance after his inauguration, a group of environmentalists under the aegis, Landscape Horticulturists Association of Nigeria (LAHORAN), wants the new administration to take deliberate measures about environmental protection and conservation as against occasional ceremonial planting of trees.
LAHORAN president, Mr.Sanya Falemu, spoke at the M.K.O Abiola International Stadium during the historic inauguration of the new governor and his deputy, Noimot Salako- Oyedele.
The group also charged the new administration to patronise local experts so as to ensure proper monitoring, culturing and tending.
” It is not about tree planting alone , there is the aspect of post- planting, tending, nurturing, culturing and maintenance which requires constant monitoring and close touch, lamenting that the non patronage of local experts is hindering the growth of the trade locally.
” In Ogun State, with most of the roads being constructed, the finishing touches have to come with landscaping and tree planting, otherwise it would not be sustainable and attractive ”
Falemu added: “in most of the cities such as Port Harcourt and Lagos where such things works, most of them allow local and private participation”
He lamented that most of the contractors usually brought from outside the state may not look back since they are not residents.
The LAHORAN president also warns Abiodun to desist from playing politics with such critical environmental sustainability issue.
” When it comes to the issue of beautification, reafforestation , tree planting , we should go beyond playing politics around it”
He contended that activities of the government on environmental beautification and conservation should not be limited to occasional celebration of World Environmental day and the likes.
“Government should instead be deliberate and create room for evaluation to know the effect of whatever projects executed as well as be more focused.
As a matter of urgency, Falemu called on the new administration to develop a robust green plan for the state as well as reactivate what they have on ground saying the only way to prevent environmental or related hazards is to take afforestation serious.
On the need to prevent environmental degradation and erosion at all cost, the expert conservationist also said: “environmental degradation exposes us to global warming and ultraviolet rays which are cancerous”
He also wants the government to inculcate the value of protecting the environment on the younger ones through the issue of green club and nature corner usually practised in the past.
“People can easily wake up and go into crime such as kidnapping and armed robbery because they do not have the nature of protecting nature in them”.he said.