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Lagos to plant 1 Million Coconut Seedling Along Badagry – Ibeju-Lekki Coastline

The Lagos State Government says it will plant one million coconut seedlings along its 135-kilometre Badagry to Ibeju-Lekki coastline to replace old and unproductive trees as well as mitigate the shrinking coastline.

The General Manager, Lagos State Coconut Development Authority (LASCODA), Mr Dapo Olakulehin, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the coastline had shrunk due to human activities.

Olakulehin spoke with NAN after a joint fact-finding mission to the LASCODA’s formation and coconuts plantations in Badagry undertaken in collaboration with General Manager, Agricultural Land Holding Authority, Mr Dapo Are.

The LASCODA boss said part of the mission was to consolidate government agriculture land holdings as well as arrest encroachment on the land.

He said the target was to plant one million coconut trees on the coastline from Badagry to Ibeju-Lekki to replace the old and unproductive trees.

Olakulehin described the coconut belt as important economic, cultural, historical and environmental resources of about 10,000km coastline of West Africa stretching from Senegal, Gambia, Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea to Nigeria.

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According to him, the coconut belt serves as natural buffers, which shields the mainland from the ocean, adding that no other tree crop could effectively serve as a barrier between the land and ocean-like it.

He said that the coconut belt was shrinking daily due to human activities, thus negatively affecting the environment while the old trees were also not effectively serving the purpose of why nature put them there in the first instance.

“The Lagos state government under the administration of Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu is ready to reverse this trend by massively repopulating the coconuts belt in Lagos through multi-agency and inter-ministerial cooperation.

“This will be done with the active involvement of the private sector and the communities along the coastline.

“The major sources of livelihood of most coastal communities along this stretch are fish and coconut value chains.

“Of this stretch, Nigeria has close to 1,000 km in which 180km belongs to Lagos State; square meter per square meter, Lagos section of the stretch has the highest number of coconut trees than any other location along the coastline of West Africa.

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“No wonder, Badagry and Lagos Island Divisions of Lagos State are economically, culturally and socially associated with coconuts from time immemorial,” he said.

The LASCODA boss said the strategies to stop further loss of such lands to unauthorised persons had begun as illegally occupied portions would be reclaimed without delay.

“We want to do it consciously, we want to reclaim the land but we need to carry communities along the area along and we are starting almost immediately to rehabilitate the coconut belt along the coastline.

“The coconut trees along the ocean belt is a natural shield to the ocean, but these coconut trees are reducing every day and that is why we are having ocean surge and other environmental challenges.

“Our objective is to restore the coconut back to its old place by the ocean belt, ” he said.

Olakulehin said the belt was about 180 kilometres, adding that part of it had been taken over by the Nigerian Ports Authority and some jetty.

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“We are sensitising the communities on the project because we want them to take ownership of the crop,” he said.

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Lagos Inaugurates Fadama Food Market In Badagry

Lagos State Government has inaugurated a new Food Market at Agbalata, in the Badagry Local Government area of the state in order to promote the structuring of agricultural produce marketing for traceability and quality assurance.

Special Adviser to the Governor on Agriculture, Abisola Olusanya who inaugurated the market explained that the new FADADA Food Market would also promote availability of wholesome food to the populace at affordable prices as well as create farm gate price advantage for the populace through the elimination of middlemen.

Olusanya said the market which was a product of a collaborative effort with multilateral Agencies, especially the World Bank and the Federal Government would also reduce post harvest losses whilst giving optimum returns to farmers for their efforts.

According to Olusanya, the Market which was solely for agricultural produce and value added products would also get food vendors off the street stressing that government would continue to be innovative at making resident households food secure while creating wealth and employment opportunities through the process.

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“This market is a crowning glory to all other supports to beneficiaries in Badagry LGA vis-a-vis capacity building, provision of infrastructures like farm access road and aggregation centres, advisory services and inputs support and assets acquisition for farmers’ groups among others. The choice of Agbalata as the site of the market is strategic, being close to the international route and border”, Olusanya averred.

The Special Adviser stressed that Lagos State, being the commercial nerve center of the country with a growing population of over twenty million residents, is not just interested in consuming food but also striving to make significant contribution to production, value addition and marketing noting that with the daily influx of Nigerians into the State for a better life, the consequent food demand has skyrocketed and cannot be overemphasized.

She pointed out that even though the State has limited access to large expanse of agricultural land but nonetheless has enormous comparative advantage in processing and value addition hence it would continue to bring about shared prosperity to the citizenry.

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“There is no gain saying that Lagos is indeed a MARKET PLACE for Nigeria and sub-sahara African. The State Government has developed a number of initiatives to optimize the use of available land and regulate the potentials within the agricultural space for the benefits of all.

To springboard these developments, the state has produced a 5-year road map (2020 – 2025) for sustainable and inclusive Agricultural growth strategy with citizens at the core.

“And to put life to this plan, Government is using multi-layered approaches. For a start, a Stakeholders’ workshop was convened to channel a new course for agricultural growth in the state, a comprehensive study of all farm settlements and farm estates was also carried out with a view to re-positioning them for wealth creation, employment provision and increased food output. The State is also championing interventions at all levels of production, processing, distribution, financing and support services”, she asserted.

Olusanya explained that the FADAMA Food Market would complement the planned monthly Eko-City Farmers’ Market with the goals of connecting producers with consumers and end users by using traditional and innovative methods to make shopping entertaining, produce accessible and affordable and preserve nutritional value of farm produce.

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She therefore appealed to Local Government Authority, community members and Market users alike to ensure best hygienic practices at the Market as well as maintain it effectively and efficiently.

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Man who jumped into Lagos Lagoon was not a LASU Student – Management

The Lagos State University, LASU, has debunked claims that Daibo Davies – the young man who plunged into the Lagos lagoon was a student of the varsity.

“The attention of the Lagos State University Management has been drawn to media reports stating that Mr. Daibo Davies, the young man who plunged into the lagoon from the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos State recently was a fresh graduate of Quantity Surveying from the Lagos State University,” a statement from the Coordinator, Centre for Information, Press and Public Relations, Lagos State University, Ademola Adekoya reads.

“While the University sympathizes with the family and and relations of the Mr. Davies on the unfortunate incident, we find it pertinent to correct the media reports crediting his studentship to the Lagos State University.”

The General Public is hereby informed that Mr. Davies was not a graduate of Lagos State University as reported. As a matter of fact, LASU does not currently run a programme in Quantity Surveying, the course from which Mr. Davies reportedly bagged a degree. The public is therefore urged to disregard that part of the story.

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The management however enjoined the media to exercise more diligence in gathering their facts before publishing reports to avoid misleading the public.

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