By Sunday Ani, Lagos
Rotary Club of Greenfield, Okota, Isolo area of Lagos State on Saturday, July 30, planted a number of trees and flowers within the Greenfield Estate Ago Palace Way, Okota, Isolo, Lagos.
The Club planted trees and flowers ranging from mangoes to Christmas trees, gmelina and even palm trees among others.
Speaking at the event, the Club’s Chartered President, Francis Opute, said the exercise which was a new addition to the usual six areas of focus in Rotary was to keep the planet green.
He also noted that the exercise was in response to the demand of the Rotary International as well as the climate change, which has adversely altered the environment.
“Everybody is aware of the climate change, so we need to plant trees to bring beauty back to the environment as it used to be. For every one of us here today, we are falling in line with what the Rotary International asked us to do. This tree planting is to beautify the world and have enough oxygen for us to breathe,” he said.
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He promised that the tree planting exercise would continue even next year, even as he noted that it would go beyond the Greenfield Estate. He said: “This project is beyond Greenfield Estate; that is why it is called Rotary Club of Greenfield and not Rotary Club of Greenfield Estate.”
He noted that apart from the tree planting, the Club equally has other activities ranging from health to education, business and knowledge among others. “Our free medical exercise is ongoing where eye ailments like cataracts are being treated through surgery and all that,” he said.
Chairman of the Greenfield Estate Monday Akunna expressed happiness about the project and commended the Rotary Club for complementing the efforts of the residents. “We already have a committee named ‘Green Committee.’ Members of the committee are saddled with the responsibility of only taking care of trees and flowers in the Estate, and educating the residents on how to plant trees and flowers. Now that Rotary has come in, 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 offered a platform for some of them who have the talent of providing service to humanity to showcase their talents in the regard.
“All the Rotary programmes are geared towards changing lives. We are happy to be part of it and whatever programme they are going to do in the Estate and beyond, we shall be part and parcel of that. Already we are green in nature as my chairman has told you and green is life, so it means that we are nurturing lives and it shall be well with all of us,” he submitted.