Odebiyi told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the trees would cover about 1.5 hectares of the Methodist High School, Ogbe in Abeokuta, Ogun State, being threatened by erosion from the Sokori River. The former Director of Forestry said that the “Sokori Eco-Renewal Project” would help in reducing ecological problems gradually creeping into the school compound.
“As a major event to mark my 70th birthday anniversary on july 31, I will be planting about 1,700 trees in the degraded part of the Methodist High School, Ogbe.
“Today, the effects of climate change like the one being observed in this school premises are around us all.
“I have, therefore, decided to use my 70th birthday to save this school from being taken over by flood and erosion from the Sokori River,’’ he said.
Odebiyi said that the initiative was to support the Ogun State Government’s forestry resources development, as well as promote sustainable environment.
Odebiyi also urged governments at all levels, communities, private organisations and individuals, to urgently rededicate themselves to the planting of more trees in their communities.
The forester said that it was imperative for everyone to be involved in the planting of trees, as well as achieving sustainable environment.
“The time has come for us all to embrace the planting of trees in our compounds, streets and other deforested areas.
“We need to come up with these measures, to be able to reduce the effects of climate change in our communities,’’ he added. (NAN)