The Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency, LASPARK, on Thursday, commissioned and renamed the Shasha Recreation Park in Alimosho as Rafiu Bakare Jafojo Park to boost the number of recreational facilities across the State.
The State Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare who represented Governor Akinwunmi Ambode at the ceremony said the naming of the park in honour of Late Alhaji Rafiu Bakare Jafojo, a former Deputy Governor of Lagos State and a foremost Awori son, was in recognition of his outstanding service to Lagos State during the tenure of Alhaji Lateef Jakande.
He stated that the commissioning of the Recreation Park follows the recent opening of Johnson, Jakande and Tinubu, JJT Park opposite Lagos State House of Assembly Complex, Alausa for public use.
Adejare reiterated that Governor Ambode commissioned the JJT Park in honour of some past governors of the State who laid the foundation for cosmopolitan Lagos during their tenure as political heads of the Centre of Excellence.
According to him, this administration embarked on massive landscaping and greening projects, as well as the establishment of more recreational parks and gardens with the ultimate desire to establish parks and gardens in all the 20 Local Government and 37 Local Council Development Areas of the State.
Lateef Jafojo Park, he said, will specifically provide recreational activities to the Awori community within the Alimosho area of the State as well as all adjoining towns and communities in the axis.
He urged residents of the area to spend their leisure time visiting the park for their various activities, stressing that the Park will provide the needed therapy to relieve stress and contribute towards the fight against climate change and its attendant effects.
“This park, without doubt, will add value to and improve the lives of the beneficiaries. I am also sure that it will bring improvement to communities in Alimosho and its environs, particularly the children and the elderly who reside in this locality” he stated.
Earlier, the Special Adviser to the Governor on The Environment, Mr. Babatunde Hunpe explained that the whole idea behind the greener initiative and beautification exercise of the State Government was informed by the realization of the fact that the hustling and bustling experience within the metropolis required a strategy to improve the general well-being of the people in order to reduce psychological and work-related stress.
The Special Adviser added that the present administration has continuously placed emphasis on the need of the people and has relentlessly initiated and implemented policies and programmes that will enhance the aesthetics of the environment and promote health and well-being of the citizenry.
Hunpe disclosed that the objectives of the new Environmental and Urban Renewal laws including the campaign on tree planting are designed to achieve a serene, healthy, beautiful and conducive environment and reduce stress on the citizenry.
According to the Special Adviser, the unveiling of the Park is in line with the Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI) which is aimed primarily to make Lagos environment a better place to live.
While noting that the CLI has the potential to provide jobs for the teeming populace with focus on investors, unskilled labour and committed environmentalists, he expressed the hope that the park will enhance the aesthetic of the area, improve communities’ relationships and more importantly increase the work ethics of people within and around the area.