Friday, February 21, 2020

Mr. Alfred Cheruiyot, PS, Post Training and Skills Development, Ministry of Education plants a tree as he led his staff in a tree planting campaign in Kibiko forest.

The Principal Secretary in the State Department of Post Training and Skills Development, Ministry of Education, Mr. Alfred Cheruiyot, has lauded the Government’s tremendous efforts, through the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, in ensuring there is no encroachment on government land and especially forests and water towers, noting that, currently, huge acreage of land had been reclaimed  and put under trees.

The Principal Secretary made the remarks on Tuesday, December 17, 2019, when he led staff members from his department in planting over 500 indigenous tree seedlings in Kibiko area of Ngong forest, Kajiado County, with the main aim of supporting the Government’s effort  to increase forest cover in the country from the current 7.2 per cent, to 10 per cent  by the year 2022. The Ministry of Environment and Forestry, through the Chief Conservator of Forests, has already indicated that, it has  about 2.5 million hectares in public forests and was thus calling upon Kenyans, including the private sector, Government agencies and  local communities to render support, in terms of tree planting.

The PS reiterated the importance of forests, noting that, forests support all aspects of our lives from being the most important source of energy for a vast majority of our population, to supporting key sectors of the economy in the agricultural, energy, manufacturing and tourism sectors among others, while at the same time, also regulating the environment by sequestering carbon to give us clean air.

Mr. Alfred Cheruiyot, PS, Post Training and Skills Development, Ministry of Education addressing staff members, after the tree planting campaign in Kibiko forest.

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