He said this in Lagos at the 2020 Tree Planting Day which held at the Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba .
Bello said tree planting was one of the deliberate climate change measures of the present government .
“ Till date , over 7 . 5 million trees have been planted since Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency was established in 2011 , ” he said .
He noted that this was in line with the 13th goal of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal to combat climate change and its impacts.
The General Manager, LASPARK , Mrs Adetoun Popoola, thanked the governor for his support and commitment towards the achievement of a healthy and sustainable environment .
She also appreciated the frontline heroes for their sacrifice and dedication.
“ Just like trees, you give us hope and courage to persevere even in the harshest condition , ” Popoola said .
She encouraged Lagosians to continue the culture of planting trees as a legacy to save the planet.
Commenting on the COVID - 19 pandemic , the Lagos State Governor , Babajide Sanwo - Olu , said the pandemic could not become an excuse for taking attention away from the issue of climate change and environmental sustainability .
He promised that Lagos State would continue to be at the forefront of sustainable climate action in Nigeria and Africa , and encouraged citizens to contribute strongly to the cause .
Sanwo - Olu dedicated this year ’ s edition of the tree planting campaign to the honour of front line medical personnel for their heroism and sacrifices .
He said , “We are planting trees today to celebrate and support our health workers . ”
Just as these trees will long outlive us , the heroic feats and sacrifices of our frontline health workers will also never be forgotten , he added.
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