Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has commissioned an ultra-modern recreational park in Oregun, Ikeja.
The governor, who named the park after foremost medical practitioner and elder statesman, Dr Abayomi Finnih, vowed to continually implement initiatives targeted at ensuring a healthy and prosperous State.
Mr Sanwo-Olu was represented by his wife, Ibijoke, at the unveiling of the park on Saturday.
The governor said: “The milestone we have achieved in the conceptualization and execution of some of our set projects and agenda especially as it pertains to the environment at the dawn of this administration is the manifestation of our determination to ensure a healthy and prosperous Lagos.
“The commissioning of Dr. Oluyomi Abayomi Finnih Recreational Park today, has further affirmed our commitment to guaranteeing an enviable and sustainable environment that will ensure the wellbeing of the citizens and also help achieve our desire to actualize the status of Lagos not only as the commercial hub of the nation but also as a preferred tourist destination.”
Highlighting the importance of parks to healthy development of every metropolitan city and social bonding, the governor said parks benefit the economy and improve the general wellbeing of the citizenry, while also serving as a place to significantly impact children as well as an avenue for families to spend quality time together.
While congratulating Finnih, an obstetrician and gynaecologist, as well as a chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC) on the honour, the governor attributed Finnih’s immortalisation with the park to his meritorious and extraordinary achievements and service to humanity over the years.
Sanwo-Olu urged residents to always protect and take ownership of public infrastructure, saying tax payer’s money must not be allowed to go down the drain.
Commissioner for Water Resources and Environment, Tunji Bello, said the construction of the park was in line with the governor’s vision of bequeathing an enduring legacy in the area of sustainable environment and recreation.
He said the park would ease the pressure at the Ndubuisi Kanu Park and the Johnson Jakande Tinubu (JJT) Park both in Ikeja, and also provide necessary relief for the residents of Opebi, Ojota, Oregun, Maryland, Mende environs, among other adjourning areas of the state.
Listing the features of the park, General Manager, Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency (LASPARK), Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola, said the facility occupies a total land area of 7408.899 square meters with soft and hard landscaping and recreation facilities such as a mini zoo, bicycle track, dry fountain, aviary, botanical gardens, art arcade, cool spot, canteen, and. commercial stand, among others.
She said additional trappings at the facility included ornamental plants, palms, garden seats, trees of various types, garden lights, gazebos with seats, playgrounds for adults and children, irrigation facility, toilet facilities, administrative block and parking area.
Finnih commended the state government for honouring him with the park, saying he would not have wished for anything better than such a project which would greatly enhance the environment.
He said that aside from the huge benefits of recreational parks to reduce health challenges, it is also good for relaxation, comradeship, exposures, conviviality, tackle global warming and improve mental health, among others.