The Lagos State Government on Tuesday offered automatic employment to 514 newly trained horticulturists in the state.
A total of 514 youths from the 57 local government and local council development areas had been in training for three weeks as horticulturists.
The state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, at an event at the Ndubusi Kanu Park, Alausa, to mark the end of the programme, offered the graduates automatic employment, saying the training was a fulfillment of his electoral promise to promote wealth creation.
Ambode, who was represented by the Special Adviser on the Environment, Mr. Babatunde Humpe, added that the improvement being witnessed in the Lagos greenery drive was to boost infrastructural development.
He said, “We want to bring back the unpolluted environment of Lagos in the 1960s. The responsibility of preserving the environment is a collective responsibility.
“You have acquired the skills necessary to effectively perform the responsibility of beautifying the environment, I enjoin all the graduates to put to good use the skills acquired and promote greener and healthier environment.
“Let me equally assure the graduates that apart from the provision of gardening tools to help you function effectively, you shall all be assigned to various gardens in the state where you will work.”
The Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Babatunde Adejare, said that the state would continue to witness transformation in the environmental sector.
Adejare, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the environment ministry, Adeyemi Saliu, said the government had embarked on landscaping and greening of open spaces in the state.
The General Manager, Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency, Mrs. Abimbola Jijoho-Ogun, said graduates who preferred to be on their own and become employers of labour were welcome.