AXA Mansard Plc, a member of the AXA Group and global leader in insurance and asset management, says it is partnering with the Lagos State government through the Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency (LASPARK) as they prepare to conduct the 2019 Tree Planting Exercise.
The event is themed: “Clean and green is our perfect dream”. The event will hold across all the 20 Local Government Areas (LGAs) and 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs).
According to the Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer at AXA Mansard Insurance plc, Mr Kola Oni, said: “Insurance companies are in a privileged position to enhance knowledge on climate risks in order to better understand and tackle climate change”.
Oni added that “AXA Mansard is also aware of the role it can play in promoting environmental protection awareness among its stakeholders, contributing to improving the understanding of global and local environmental risks, and committing to addressing climate change.”
The Lagos State Government in 2012, committed to an internationally recognized tree planting programme to plant 10 million trees by 2020. This commitment is based on the fact that tree planting remains one of the most effective ways of absorbing greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane that are harmful to the environment from the atmosphere. The initiative is, therefore, aimed at improving environmental sustainability in Nigeria.
Oni further stressed that, “As both a responsible insurer and as an environmentally responsible corporation, AXA Mansard has a responsibility to leverage its expertise and take action to reduce climate risks; supporting this initiative will enable us perform this responsibility successfully.”
Also commenting on the event, the General Manager of LASPARK, Mrs Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola, noted that it is a universally progressive idea to integrate private bodies to government policies and programmes in order to achieve a broadband and enduring legacy, adding that tree is a significant accessory of mental and physical comfort.
She emphasized that through this continuous contributions and support towards a Greener Lagos Initiative, AXA MANSARD Insurance has allotted itself as a trusted partner in the greening project of the state government.
Abiola concluded that, “The state government is always excited with lovers of the environment particularly those advocating its sustenance as AXA MANSARD is exemplifying today. It is our utmost desire in building a society that is environmentally responsible. It has been enlivened with this laudable support by this company”.