Lodwar, June 6, 2021 (By Governor’s Press Service)- There is need for individuals and institutions to prioritize tree growing and other environmental conservation activities in order to restore the natural ecosystem, Peter Lotethiro the Deputy Governor of Turkana County has said.

Speaking during the World’s Environment Day at the Queen of Peace Primary School in Lodwar, the DG urged residents to embark on tree planting in their compounds, farms, shops and pathways to increase tree cover and restore the original state of the County.

The global event is a UN approved annual activity commemorated every 5th June. While this year’s global theme was “Restoring the World’s Ecosystem”, Turkanas’ working theme was “Restoring Turkana County Ecosystem” in line with UN’s theme.

DG Lotethiro, representatives of development partners and the accompanying County Government officials led by example by planting tree seedlings at the events venue and distributed free seedlings to the public to do the same at their compounds.

The school was chosen to host the event as environmental conservation champions, whose pupils also entertained guests with song, dance and poetry about the conservation efforts and mitigation of Climate Change effects.

DG Lotethiro, who is also Acting CEC for Water, Environment and Mineral Resources urged residents to embrace environment friendly waste disposal mechanisms as a means of curbing spread of diseases and achieve a cleaner environment for human and animal existence.

He also called on residents to desist from cutting down trees, polluting rivers and the Lake, burning of plastics, which all lead to global warming and other diverse effects of Climate Change.

The DG revealed that the Ministry has so far developed Environmental Policy and Bill, deployed Environment and Natural Resources officers in all 30 wards, planted 2.5 million tree seedlings, gazetted County Environmental committee, together with NEMA, gazetted Environment Inspectors, gazetted Loima Forest and with plans to gazzete Songot Forest.

He asked school heads to establish tree nurseries in their schools to ensure continuity in tree planting.

Chief Officer, Water, Environment and Mineral Resources Moses Natome commended NGOs, Civil Society Organizations and Institutions for their continued support toward realization of a clean and greener Turkana.

Acting Chief Officer Trade, Gender and Youth, James Lokwale said that in conjunction with KNCCI Turkana branch, trade ministry is carrying out a campaign to encourage shop owners in towns to plant trees in front of shops for beauty and shade.

While Acting Chief Officer Tourism, Culture and Natural Resources, Philip Lokaala asked pupils, teachers and workers of Queen Peace Primary School to continue with their environment management program.

The event was concluded with champions receiving certificates so as to encourage them and others to conserve the   environment.

Others who spoke during the event were Chair Environment Committee in the County Assembly James Abei, County Environment Committee Member, Vincent Ekipor, the Chair of CSOs Yusuf Aremon, County Director of Environment Clement Nadio, Turkana Central Subcounty Administrator Christine Nalemsekon and representatives of TUCUSA, TUC, NGOs and Schools.