By Brighton Makori .
Kisii Kenya 27 April 2021…………….Residents have been urged to plant and protect trees to conserve the environment for the country to attain ten percent forest cover as directed by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Nyanza National Construction Authority ( NCA) Regional Coordinator, Engineer Bernard Were said the Authority has launched a program to plant more than three thousand trees nationally at government Institutions to comply with the President’s directive.
Speaking at Nyanguru Church of God ( COG) primary school in Nyaribari Chache constituency, Kiogoro Division in Kisii county yesterday after he led a team of government officers to plant trees at the school, he appealed to local leaders protect the trees till they mature to protect the environment.
He added that the Authority is collaborating with Kenya Forest Service ( KFS), National Environment Management Authority ( NEMA) County governments and other stakeholders as part of corporate social responsibility.
The Authority’s Corporate Communication Officer Shalon OtienoOtieno noted that NCA was working closely with Kenya Forest Service to realize its concept of ‘adopting a forest’, adding the NCA was committed to plant trees as a way of giving back to the community.
“ I urge parents to inculcate values of planting trees and conserving them for posterity. The environment sustains our lives and should be protected” Otieno said.
Koech appealed to the school’s management to ensure that the trees are nurtured and mature, adding government officers will visit the school to monitor the growth of the trees and ensure they are not destroyed.
Kenya Forest Service ( KFS) Conservator, Sergeant Dorcas Otiende said Kisii county has a forest cover of 2.5 percent and urged residents to shun planting eucalyptus trees along water sources, riparian and wetlands, stressing they dried up rivers.
She appealed to residents to plant bamboo trees and other environmentally friendly trees to protect and conserve the environment, adding they can secure the trees from the Kenya Forest Service nurseries in their areas to plant.