Lekki port plants 200 coconut trees to commemorate World Environment Day

Lekki port plants 200 coconut trees to commemorate World Environment Day


In celebration of the 2024 World Environment Day, Lekki Deep Sea Port planted 200 coconut trees in Itoke community towards the restoration of the land ecosystem and to combat the problem of climate change within the area.

Delivering his welcome remarks during the event, the Chief Operating Officer, Lekki Port, Laurence Smith, explained that the tree planting exercise aligns with the port’s commitment to restore the ecosystem to its original state.

Smith noted that Lekki Port will continue to prioritize the safety of the environment and the communities where it operates by implementing ideas that would make lives livable.

Also speaking at the event, the General Manager, Lagos State Coconut Development Authority (LASCODA), Dapo Olakulehin affirmed the commitment of the Lagos State Government to promoting coconut heritage and restoring the environment.

While applauding the management of Lekki Port for supporting the state government in the drive toward restoring the ecosystem through the planting of coconut trees, Olakulehin noted that the government will continue to take action that will not only engender environmental sustainability but also help bring back people’s livelihood.

“I would like to appreciate the management of Lekki Port for seeing the vision to restore the land through coconut plantation. The Lagos State Government is so passionate about coconuts and that explains why an agency has been created for the promotion of coconuts in all ramifications. What we are doing here is not only to restore the environment but also to touch the livelihood of thousands of people who depend on fishery and coconut,” he said.

Also speaking, the Zonal Director, Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA), Yetunde Atoyebi, who commended the port for acting responsibly, stated that corporate organisations should collaborate with the government to safeguard the environment.

“When we come back in five years to see what we have planted today, we will be marveled that all the seedlings would have grown to be coconut trees. Of course, it is the communities that will reap the fruit of today because they would have ended up leaving a better ecosystem for generations to come,” she said.

The event was attended by representatives of regulatory agencies at the port including the Nigerian Ports Authority, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, the Department of State Services, the Nigerian Police Force as well as residents of Itoke and Idotun communities.