Rotary begins planting trees in Lagos

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The Rotary Club of Greenfield, Okota, Isolo, Lagos State planted a series of trees and flowers on Saturday, July 30 at the Greenfield Estate Ago Palace Way, Okota, Isolo, Lagos.

The club planted trees and flowers, from mangoes to Christmas trees, Gmelina to palm trees, among other things.

At the event, the club’s chartered president, Francis Opute, said the mission, which is a new addition to Rotary’s usual six areas of focus, is to keep the planet green.

He also noted that the exercise was in response to Rotary International’s call as well as climate change that has adversely altered the environment.

“Everyone is aware of climate change so we need to plant trees to bring the beauty of the environment back to how it used to be. Each of us here today is what Rotary International has asked of us. This tree planting is meant to beautify the world and give us enough oxygen to breathe,” he said.

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He pledged that the tree planting campaign would continue into the next year, although he noted it would extend beyond the Greenfield Estate. He said: “This project goes beyond Greenfield Estate; therefore it is called the Rotary Club of Greenfield and not the Rotary Club of Greenfield Estate.”

He noted that besides planting trees, the club has other activities ranging from health to education, business and knowledge, among others. “Our free medical exercise is underway where eye conditions like cataracts are treated through surgeries and all that,” he said.

Greenfield Estate Monday Chairman Akunna expressed his delight at the project and commended the Rotary Club for complementing the residents’ efforts. “We already have a committee called the ‘Green Committee’. Committee members have a responsibility to only care for trees and flowers on the property and to educate residents on how to plant trees and flowers. Now that Rotary has joined them, we are grateful to them. It will bring good oxygen to residents because every residential area needs trees for healthy living,” he said.

The immediate past president of the estate, Nnanna Nwakamma Achugo, said the club has just provided a platform for some of those who have the talent to serve humanity to showcase their talents in that regard.

“All Rotary programs are designed to transform lives. We are excited to be a part of it and whatever program they choose to do on the estate and beyond we will be an integral part of it. We’re already green by nature, as my chairman told you, and green is life, so that means we’re supposed to promote life and we’re all supposed to be prosperous,” he added.

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