Governor Jackson Mandago EGH on Friday led tree planting exercises in five venues, showing how much the Uasin Gishu County boss is passionate about mitigating effects of climate change.
After hosting Environment Chief Administrative Secretary Mohamed Elmi, Mandago led a delegation that planted 2,000 tree seedlings at Eldoret Arboretum.
The tree planting exercise at the arboretum came before the prize-awarding ceremony for the participants of the 2019 Eldoret City Marathon.
Then the Governor led a sizeable entourage to Moi University – Kesses, where he urged the institution to ensure that at least 10 percent of their land property is put under trees.
Here, the Governor declared that the institution observes every Friday as a tree planting day until they hit the percentage.
Moi University owns about 3,000 acres and this means trees have to be planted on at least 300 acres.
The county boss further expressed the need for the government to put in place measures that would ensure every public institution that owns land sets aside at least 10% for trees.
Mandago later led the planting of bamboo at Kaptagat forests and the unveiling of National Bamboo demonstration site at Kaptagat forest.
On his part, Environment CAS hailed Governor Mandago’s commitment to the mitigating environment and pledged ministry’s support in Next year’s edition of the Eldoret City Marathon themed ‘Climate Action’
If the marathon retains climate action as its theme next year, I want to assure that the Ministry will be part of the sponsors,” noted Elmi.
Dr. Ibrahim Mohamed the PS Environment and CECM Environment Mary Njogu, Chief Officer Environment Wilson Kemei and other stakeholders were in attendance.