COUNTY HOLDS A TREE PLANTING EXERCISE AT KAPKONGONY SWAMP.
In the efforts to attain the 15 billion trees goal set by president William Samoei Ruto, the county government of Nandi on Friday 3rd November, held a tree planting exercise in Kapkongony swamp, Kipchunu sub location, Chesumei ward which was graced by Chief of staff and head of public service Felix Kosgei.
Conservation efforts by the county government has been recognised and several partners have joined hands so as to achieve this goal. One such partner is Mama Doing Good, an organization which was started by the first lady, Rachel Ruto. The organisation has been keen on environmental conservation and have been instrumental in today’s exercise. Other partners include The Nature Conservancy, the Crane Foundation and Women in water and natural resource conservation (WWANC) among others.
Head of public service and Chief of staff, Felix Kosgei thanked the county for organising the event and pledged the government’s support. He also an apology from the governor who was held up with other key functions and could not make it. There is a plan of having fruit gardens in schools and 200 of them have already been identified. The principal secretary for forestry said that the county target in 10 years is 174 million trees which gives a breakdown of 17.4 million trees yearly. He also warned of illegal logging and laid bare the consequences. He advised that anyone doing logging must have a licence to do so.
Present at the event were PSs Dr. Gitonga Mugambi( Forestry) and Silvia Museiya (Wildlife), Cynthia Muge( Woman Rep) ,Dr. John Chumo (CEO, MaMa Doing Good), Prof. Isaac Kosgey (VC, Moi University), Prof. Winston Akala (Principal, Koitalel Samoei University) and Caroline Mueni (Nandi County Commissioner), Prof Tanui (CEO, Water Towers Agency), Jane Njuguna (Acting CEO, KEFRI), Dr. Eliud Kireger (DG, KALRO), June Chepkemei (MD, KenInvest), Collins Oyuu (KNUT Secretary General), Peter Leley (CEO, NPSC), Mary Njogu (CEO, National Environmental Complaints Commission), and Pius Metto (DG, Sports Kenya), county secretary Dr. Francis Sang, Chief officer lands, water and natural resources Jonah Biwott among others.