The Rector of the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH), Dr Oluremi Nurudeen Olaleye, has stated that coconut trees are the best plants that naturally remove excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere (Carbon sequestration) to mitigate global warming.
He stated this during the flag-off of 2,000 coconut trees planting exercise at the Ikorodu campus of the Polytechnic on Monday, 8th March, 2021.
In a statement by Olanrewaju Kuye, Director, Information and Public Relations, LASPOTECH, Dr Olaleye also revealed that Agriculture has been given a special place in his Nine Point Agenda, which, according to him, is the reason he is keen to deliver more in this regard to further boost the institution’s productivity and compete as a world-class Agricultural tertiary institution.
He said that his administration will partner with multinational investors to improve agricultural development in the institution.
Olaleye said that reason for the planting was to take advantage of the important nature of coconut, adding that it can be used for a wide range of purpose to enhance the sustenance of our wellbeing as a people, due to its multiple advantages, ranging from ornamental, economical and food security.
He emphasized that it is appropriate for LASPOTECH as an institution, to be problem solvers to its host communities and the nation at large and to also improve its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).
The Dean, School of Agriculture, Dr Adebayo Ashafa, appreciated the Management for the initiative and stated that staff and students are much ready to key into whatever agricultural plans the Polytechnic will venture into.