Mr. Fashola said between 2008 and 2014, 28,274 jobs were created from the annual tree planting exercise alone.
The Lagos State Governor, Babtunde Fashola, said his administration has created 69,000 jobs since 2008 through its tree planting initiative and the construction of garden and parks.
Mr. Fashola who was speaking at the commencement of the state’s 2014 Tree Planting Campaign with the theme, “Life is better with Tree”, at the SangoTedo Area of Eti-Osa Local Government, said contrary to the insinuations that his tree planting campaign and the beautification of parks is elitist, it has actually developed a new economy and created jobs.
Mr. Fashola said between 2008 and 2014, 28,274 jobs were created from the annual tree planting exercise alone. He said within the same period, 51 direct labour horticulturists and 10 contractors were employed to help design parks and gardens in the state.
A further breakdown of the job as presented by the governor shows that the state hired 500 plumbers, 6,256 electricians, 12,512 bricklayers, 15,640 gardeners, 2,496 painters, 14,686 welders, 2500 labourers, and 2,176 security men.
The governor also said 15 graphic artists and 10 sculptors were employed. According to Mr. Fashola, this figure does not include suppliers of curtain materials, lawn mowers and trimmers used in the projects.
Also speaking at the event, the Commissioner for Environment, Tunji Bello, said the state has planted more than 5 million trees in 297 locations across the state within the same period.
Mr. Bello said that the tree planting campaign of the governor has placed the state on the global map as a green city.
“Sadly, the alarming growing destruction of our forest is of serious concern to us. Our forest cover is rapidly disappearing. The encroachment of forest land is due to the growing population and city expansion. As much as this is expected, we could not accept this trend as enough reasons to indiscriminately fell trees and destroy forests.
We must all ensure that each time we cut trees, we quickly replace them with new ones so that the earth, can again, be replenished”, he advised.