From Debra Ajulo, Ilorin
The First Lady of Kwara State, Dr. Mrs Olufolake Abdulrazaq has assured that reviving the Ilorin Flower Garden from its present moribund state to a modern recreational park is an important priority project aimed at creating a park for family picnics while also giving children the opportunity to run around in a healthy and green environment.
The First Lady made this statement when she recently toured the Ilorin Flower Garden with the Commissioner for Environment Arc. Aliyu Muhammed Saifudeen.
Dr. AbdulRazaq noted that the impact of the weather and non-availability of water has had great negative impact on the trees, shrubs and flowers in the garden. She therefore advised the Commissioner for Environments to liaise with the Commissioner for Water Resources, Hajia Arinola Lawal on the need to get steady water in the Garden.
The wife of the governor reiterated the need to preserve some of the viable ancient trees in the garden and label them so that children can learn what types of trees they are and their possible ages.
Dr. Abdulrazaq who also hinted on proposed beautification and upgrade of the Ahmadu Bello Way/Umar Audi Road GRA roundabout pointed out that the planting of trees and flowers promotes greener air and mitigates against pollution from car exhausts and other types of pollution thereby making Kwara air and environment safer for its citizens.
The Commissioner for Environment, Arc. Aliyu Muhammad Saifudeen disclosed that the Governor and First Lady of the state were in tandem in the quest to ensure that the Ilorin Flower Garden becomes a viable recreation centre. He therefore assured that the Ministry of Environment will get the project underway immediately.