Saturday, August 15, 2020

23.06.2020.

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This year’s Africa Public Service Week, was marked at the Ngong Hills Forest, where the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Forestry Mr. Keriako Tobiko and Prof. Margaret Kobia, the Cabinet Secretary for Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs, led wananchi in planting over 5,000 tree seedlings.

Speaking during the occasion, Mr. Keriako Tobiko, challenged Kenyan’s to ensure the trees they plant were protected and bequeathed for future generations, observing that, the importance of trees cannot be overemphasized, saying his Ministry was keen to ensure the trees that are grown in all occasions held countrywide survive. He decried the destruction of the Ngong Hills Forest which is a water tower that supplies water to Athi River, a major source of water for Ngong, Kiserian among others. “This forest was initially 3,000 hectares and was a closed canopy forest but overtime, and due to degradation and encroachment, the forest has been reduced to 500 hectares” the CS said.

The Cabinet Secretary for Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs, Prof. Margaret Kobia, who read President Uhuru Kenyatta’s speech during occasion noted that, the government recognizes and celebrates Public Servants, individuals and teams who are in the frontline in the fight against the Covid 19 Pandemic. “It is in this spirit that we are providing support to vulnerable groups in our Society, and engaging in neighborhood clean-ups to promote a more hygienic and healthy Nation. I am glad that you are also engaging in tree planting in line with our National Goal of achieving 10% forest cover” .

Speaking during the same occasion, the Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Dr. Chris Kiptoo, observed that, the Ministry was keen to break the Guinness book of record by growing many trees within one hour and reiterated that, monitoring and evaluation was key in achieving the desired results. On his part the Deputy Head of Public Service Mr Wanyama Musiambo said that, in order to ensure the sustainability of trees grown, care should be taken to ensure they don’t wither.

Present during the occasion were Chief Administrative Secretaries Maureen Mbaka (ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs) Rachel Shebesh (Public Service and Gender) Principal Secretaries Collette Suda (Gender), Mary Kimonye (Public Service) Julius Korir (Youth) among other government officials.

PS, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Dr. Chris Kiptoo, watering a commemorative tree after planting at Ngong Hills forest, Kajiado County.

PS, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Dr. Chris Kiptoo, watering a commemorative tree after planting at Ngong Hills forest, Kajiado County.

 

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