The NEMA Board of Management Chairman, Mr. John Konchellah has called on schools to plant more tree to facilitate achievement of 10 percent forest cover by 2022.
The chairman was speaking when he led NEMA board and representatives of various government agencies in planting over 900 trees at Osinoni primary school in Narok County.
CS Environment and Forestry, Keriako Tobiko, Chairman NEMA, John Konchellah among other dignitaries planting a tree at Riokindo Secondary School in Kisii County.
The exercise which saw planting of 2,240 trees in Narok and Kisii Counties was led by the Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary, Mr. Keriako Tobiko. The initiative was meant to foster the school greening programme in Narok and Kisii Counties from 25th to 27th July 2019.
Speaking at Shankoe Primary School, the Mr. Keriako stated that encroachers of riparian reserves will be evicted. “The government will not allow planting of eucalyptus tree on riparian land and water catchment areas. People should plant trees that consume a lot of water have subjected some areas to an acute water shortage. He encouraged Kenyans to plant other trees which are “water-friendly’.” The CS said.
CS Keriako also stressed on the need to establish a data collection tool to ensure that there is a centralized way of reporting on the amount of trees planted and their survival rate. The schools were also urged to adopt the school greening programme and plant trees to facilitate achievement of the 10 percent cover.
Ag. Director General, Mamo B. Mamo planting a tree at Shankoe primary school assited by pupils at the school.
During the visit, the guests visited various schools to promote school greening programme as well as plant trees in the County. During the visit, approximately 2,000 trees were planted in various schools including Shartuka Girls Secondary School. Shankoe Primary School, Kilgoris Boys High School, Osinoni Primary school and Riokindo Secondary School.
At Riokindo High School, various Cabinet Secretaries including Interior and Coordination of National Security, Fred Matiang’i; ICT, Joe Mucheru; Education, Prof George Magoha participated in a tree planting exercise in the school.
The visit also came with gifts galore for the schools including water tanks, branded waste bins, gutters, solar panels, tree nurseries, free environmental education as well as hundreds of trees planted in their respective schools.
Other agencies that participated in the exercise planting includes; Kenya Forest Service, Kenya Forest Research Institute, Kenya Water Towers and Netfund.
NEMA Chairman also led the Authority in planting trees and donating branded waste bins to Makini School in Nairobi on 30th July 2019.
NEMA Chairman, John Konchellah, NEMA Staff, pupils and teachers at Makini School in Nairobi
Opening of NEMA Office
The Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Forestry, Keriako Tobiko opened the NEMA office in TransMara West Sub County in Narok County on 26th July 2019. The CS was accompanied by the NEMA Board of management and the Narok Deputy County Commissioner, Hassan Noor and Ag. Director General, Mamo B. Mamo.
The new office will help to coordinate environmental matters in the larger Narok County.
CS Environment, Keriako Tobiko flanked by NEMA Board members and staff signing the visitors during the opening of NEMA office in TransMara West, Narok County.