Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi leads afforestation drive in Njoro
Written by Roy Lumbe
Nakuru Deputy Governor David Kones joined Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi in an aggressive tree-planting exercise at Egerton University, emphasizing the need to mitigate the effects of climate change.
Kones who represented Governor Susan Kihika in the ceremony said the county targets to plant at least 11 million trees by 2030 observing the need to partner with like-minded stakeholders to realize the national target of a 30 per cent tree cover.
Mudavadi on his part, lauded the exercise saying it will promote President William Ruto’s goal of planting 15 billion trees in 10 years adding that the country had witnessed the worst drought due to the harsh climatic conditions.
The PCS, accompanied by Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang, and his Parliamentary Affairs counterpart Aurelia Rono, said there was a need to fight the harsh effects of climate change, revealing that he had adopted 5 acres of land for tree planting. His office, he said, had distributed 1,000 tree seedlings.
Mudavadi said the government was keen on bailing out Egerton University which he said was critical in the country’s food security. According to Mudavadi, being an agricultural-centred institution, Egerton remains vital as the country is an agricultural-based economy. revealing that
On the economy, Mudavadi said the economic restoration was on course saying the president was committed to ensuring the same work for the benefit of all Kenyans saying it was evident in the recent reorganization of the officeholders to avert loss of public funds.
Egerton University Vice-Chancellor Professor Isaac Kibwage said the tree-growing exercise would positively impact the environment and balance nature for future generations.
Kibwage observed that the exercise targets 10,000 tree seedlings in conserving the Mau ecosystem calling on Kenyans to also nurture after planting.
He sought the government’s intervention in stalled projects and assistance in solving the financial crisis to ensure the institution got back on its feet.