A BADAGRY cultural group, Gunuvi
Heritage Association, says it plans to
plant 2000 seedlings of coconut around
heritage sites in Badagry, as part of
its contributions to the Lagos @ 50
celebrations.
The President of the association, Mr
Doheto Mesi, told the News Agency of
Nigeria (NAN) in Badagry on Monday
that the move was aimed at replacing
trees that were felled or are old.
“Badagry is an ancient town and it is
known for its various heritage sites; it
is also rich with coconut plantation.
“As part of our contributions to
celebrate Lagos at 50, we decided to
plant 2000 seedlings of coconut around
the city to boost its tourism status, as
well as replace trees that we have lost.
“Badagry used to supply coconut to
the country and other parts of West
Africa, but over time, that has reduced.
“This is due to many factors; so, we
are planting coconut seedlings which
will also be a kind of beautification for
the city.
“We are also organising a festival
called the Agunkest Festival which
will take place on April 17; it will
serve as form of enlightenment on the
economic and environmental benefits
of coconuts,’’ he said.
Mesi also urged people to eat coconut
regularly.
“Coconut has several health benefits,
so people should eat it daily to improve
their health.
“It is also a wonder cash crop; its
importance, potency and relevance
should not be underestimated,’’ he
said.
NAN reports that Lagos State was
created on 27, May 1967, according
to the State Creation and Transitional
Provisions Decree No. 14 of 1967,
which restructured Nigeria into a
federation of 12 states from its former
three regions.
Badagry, which is traditionally
known as Gbagle , is a coastal town and
local government area in Lagos State.
It is situated between the city of
Lagos and Seme Border, a settlement
in Nigeria on the border with Benin
Republic.
Badagry, which is a major tourism
location in Lagos, holds the relics of the
history of slave trade.
The Lagos State Government had,
on Saturday, formally flagged off the
opening ceremony of the activities
marking the commencement of the
full-scale Golden Jubilee anniversary
celebration of the State.
It opened the final lap of activities
with a musical play, Wakaa, at the
newly-refurbished privately-owned
theatre, Terra Kulture, in Victoria
Island. (NAN)


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