The County Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Natural Resources has given 500 tree seedlings to be planted by the students of St. Augustine Boys Primary School in Lodwar town. This is aimed at increasing the forest cover in the county, under the on-going program “Greening Turkana”.
The exercise, done through the Department of Natural Resources and in partnership with Kenya Forest Service (KFS), is targeting 20 schools alongside other institutions this rainy season. St. Augustine will be the fifth school to receive such a large number of seedlings.
Speaking at the school, Chief Officer Pauline Lokuruka praised the school’s efforts to change their environment by planting the trees.
“You [students] are the agents of change. We depend on you to green Turkana; adopt a tree and take care of it,” she said.
Speaking for student body, Brian Ikeny in Class 7 (the president) and Maxwell Ekeno in class 5 (the environment minister) pledged to take care of the seedlings to ensure high survival rate.
Deputy Director of Natural Resources, Pauline Ngoli Pusiye advised the students to plant trees even in their homes to protect and conserve the environment.
She also promised in the next financial year, the department would deliver 200 fruit trees to the school.
Also present was Johnson Komu – the Assistant Ecosystem Conservator of KFS Turkana County and Brother Elphas Sosi – the head teacher of St. Augustine.