In a bid to beautify the Lagos airport environment and create a welcoming ambiance for travellers, the Aviation Lions Club, Ikeja last week planted flowers at the roundabouts leading into the General Aviation Terminal One, (GAT) and the entrance and exit gates of the Murtala Mohammed Terminal Two, MM2.
The exercise was led by the new president of the Club, Theresa Chukwuedo, who said before now, the Aviation Lions Club, Ikeja had embarked on many humanitarian activities within the airport community, which include free medical care, donation of books to the Airport Secondary School, donation of hand sanitizers and face masks, tree planting, assistance of the needy amongst others.
Speaking after the planting exercise, Chukwuedo said the purpose of the planting of flowers was to sensitive people on the need to plant trees and flowers, adding that these plants not only beautify the surroundings, but also contribute to human health.
“We all know what trees do to our environment. Trees consume carbon monoxide and give oxygen and you know oxygen is essential for our wellbeing. We are trying to say we care and that people should plant trees for our existence. At the same time, we are trying to have a good neighbourly aesthetics around the airport and to promote commerce and tourism,”
As regards maintenance of the flowers, Chukwuedo assured that in the next three months, their horticulturist would maintain it and it would later be handed over to the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, (FAAN).
“From time to time, we wouldn’t want what we have done or what we have started to die so from time to time, we will come around to see how the plants are doing and for the ones that are not doing well, we will replace them.”
On her plans during her tenure, she said, “We are going to deal on issues of health, education, feeding the hungry and environment. We will be giving food to people living on the street,” she assured.
AbdulRaham Musa, the immediate past president of the Club, who participated in the planting exercise, urged the new president to exercise patience and be willing to carry everyone along to be successful in giving back to society.