Lagos Parks and Gardens regenerate degraded areas

Luqmon Balogun, Lagos

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The Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency (LASPARK) has commenced the regeneration of degraded areas in Ikoyi and Victoria Island of the State.

Agency says the move is to complement the ongoing clean-up exercise recently led by the Lagos State Task Force on Environmental and Special Offences in the area.

A statement issued by the General Manager of the Agency, Mrs. Adetoun Popoola, affirmed that the recovered areas will be secured by LASPARK for greening and protected against future abuse.

The statement explained that in pursuance of sustainable development, it is expedient that a greening structure is established, which will contribute greatly to the social and economic development of the State.

On the agency’s plan for the sanitization exercise, the statement said that degraded areas in the axis have been mapped out, while the Agency deploys appropriate resources for their regeneration and beautification.

According to the statement “This project is going to set the pace for other areas across the State that requires regeneration.

The Agency has consistently sensitized the public on the distasteful act of illegal conversion of open spaces, roadsides, walkways and lay-bys for various purposes which cannot be condoned as they are inimical to the advancement of the State’s Greening efforts which also creates an unhealthy and unsafe environment for Lagos State residents.”

While imploring corporate organisations to partner with the Agency for possible adoption and beautification of these areas, Adetoun stated that a collaborative and strategic effort with private organizations will complement government’s efforts on greening.

LASPARK boss also mentioned that the Lagos State Government was committed to salvage the environment from detrimental practices, develop and protect it towards bequeathing a cleaner, greener and healthier environment to the citizens and residents of Lagos State.