Ministry of Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Soipan Tuya has called on the National Government Administrative Officers (NGAO) to lead in tree planting projects so as to achieve the 15 billion target in ten years.
Tuya who spoke at Naroosura area in Narok South sub County where she commissioned the rehabilitation of 200 acreage of Enkong’u Enkare wet lands during the National Cerebrations of World Wetlands day.
The CS sounded a strong warning to those destroying the environment saying her ministry is extremely intolerant with those cutting down trees illegally.
“We cannot move forward in our efforts to conserve the environment if some other people are illegally cutting trees,” she said, asking NGAO to be very vigilant in guarding the environment by arresting the illegal loggers.
The CS said the government is putting a framework that will boost the green energy usage in schools and other institutions to reduce usage of firewood.
Already, she said, 5, 000 schools around the country are in the pilot stage of implementing green energy.
During the event, over 6, 000 tree seedlings were planted in the wetland area that is already fenced by the county government of Narok.
Governor Ntutu said the wetland is a major water catchment land in the county which they will conserve for posterity.
He called on the residents to follow the presidential directive and plant trees in their homesteads and schools and ensure the trees flourish.
“The rule we have placed in this county is that all primary school pupils to plant a tree and nurture it to grow,” he said.
The governor was accompanied by Governor Patrick Ole Ntutu, Principal Secretary Environment and Climate Change Eng.Festus Ng’eno, Narok County Commissioner Isaac Masinde, Chairman National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) Erick Mungai and Narok South MP Kitilai Ntutu among other leaders.