Monday, June 24, 2019

CS Keriako Tobiko and the NIC bank team show a concerted effort in the banks ” change the story” initiative to restore the country’s degraded Environment.

The persistent water shortage in Nairobi caused by dwindling levels of water in Ndakaini dam is food for thought and calls national consciousness on environment protection Cabinet Secretary Mr. Keriako Tobiko has said.

The Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary noted that it was a shame for the country to hold a less than 10% tree cover while all its neighbours were way above that level and attributed Kenya’s poor performance to greed and wanton destruction of forestry resources.

Mr.Tobiko urged Kenyans to stop lamenting the low forest cover of 7.2 % and work seriously towards aggressive tree planting in a bid to achieve a new target of 10% by 2022.

The CS was speaking today when he led the ‘’change the story’’ initiative by the NIC bank of planting trees at the Michuki park along the Nairobi river as part of the city’s regeneration programe, a joint venture of the National and Nairobi County governments  that aims to restore the capital’s lost glory.

The Nairobi regeneration program is a presidential initiative drawing an inter-ministerial and multi-sectoral team of experts to restore the capital city’s lost glory. About 2,000 tree seedlings were planted during the event.

Mr. Tobiko who was accompanied by the NIC bank chairman Mr. James Ndegwa and Managing Director Mr. John Gachora challenged corporate organizations in the country to lead the environmental restoration by adopting sections of various forests where they could plant trees and nurture them to full maturity.

The CS wondered why Kenyans had passively watched the massive destruction of Mt. Kenya, Aberdares, Ngong , Mau, Oloitokitok and numerous other forests when it was obvious that such plunder spelt danger to the water towers.

Mr. Tobiko thanked the media in Kenya for highlighting the destruction of forests and appealed to them to remain alert and sensitize citizens on the destruction of the environment.

The Nairobi County Chief Executive for Environment Mr. Larry Wambua who represented the governor Mike Mbuvi said that his devolved government fully supported the National government initiative adding that there was no conflict of roles between the two governments as stipulated in the Kenya Constitution.

The president is expected to lead the country in national tree planting next month.


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