The Governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola on Wednesday gave an executive order to all the state government’s institutions, ministries, departments and agencies on the need to plant at least 60 seedling of trees in commemoration of his 60th birthday anniversary.
He also asked all traditional rulers across the state to follow suit by ensuring that they plant 60 seedling of trees within their domains.
Governor Aregbesola gave the order while planting trees in commemoration of his 60th birthday anniversary.
The programme which was organised by the state-owned television station (Osun State Broadcasting Corporation, OSBC), was aimed at complementing the government’s policies on tree planting in the state.
Aregbesola, who lamented over the environmental challenges of global warming, said it had become mandatory for all agencies of government to complement the state’s efforts on trees plantation.
He said the order was aimed at complementing the already 2.5 million trees planted across the state by his administration.
The governor noted that the effort was necessary to save the society from environmental degradation, which according to him, had led to many environmental disasters in the world.
Furthermore, Aregbesola said the state was bent on fostering relationship with individuals or groups that could support the resuscitation campaigns to actualise green environment.
He believes the role of trees in man’s life can never be measured and by extension, the sustainability of man’s life relies heavily on plants.
Stating some of the benefits of trees in the society, he said: “If we do not have trees, life will seize on earth because trees are the only source of oxygen that man derives to live.
“Just as the trees need carbon-dioxide to succeed, so does man need oxygen from trees to survive in life. So, when one looks at the symbiotic relationship between man and plant, one can not but appreciate the essence of trees on earth for human and animal survival.
“In view of this, it has become an order for all the government institutions, ministries, departments, agencies, parastatals, hospitals, courts, schools, State House of Assembly among others to henceforth commence trees planting.
“All these institutions, agencies and parastatals must ensure that they plant 60 seedling of trees each within 90 days.
“We urge our traditional rulers to key into this scheme as part of efforts to rescue our society from all forms of environmental challenges.
“This is not a joke anymore. Unlike before that we only urged people to plant trees to commemorate their birthdays, now, it has become an order that must be implemented in the interest of ourselves and our dear state,” the governor added.