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Govt, Equity Bank launch tree planting initiative

The government has, in collaboration with Equity Bank, intensified its tree planting efforts in Wajir, underscoring a collective commitment to bolster the country’s forest cover.

The exercise, which was conducted within Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) in Wajir town, is set to help in the process of conserving the environment and promoting better climatic conditions across the country, thus curbing the drought.

Abdihakim Garad, the Operational Manager of Equity Bank in Wajir, giving his remarks after the tree planting exercise in his office on Tuesday, April 16, 2024 where he reaffirmed the bank’s dedication to environmental stewardship. Photo by Sharmake Hajir

Speaking on Tuesday during the event, Wajir County Forest Conservator Ms. Ambiya Osman noted the importance of the initiative in alignment with President William Ruto’s directive to elevate the nation’s forest cover from 13 per  cent to 30 per cent.

She emphasized the multifaceted benefits of trees, highlighting their role in fostering environmental resilience and mitigating conflicts stemming from resource scarcity exacerbated by drought.

The event saw the planting of 115 trees as a foundational step towards a more ambitious goal of planting 1,000, initiated by Equity Bank.

Ms. Osman urged stakeholders to not just participate in planting but also in the in the diligent nurturing of seedlings to ensure their growth into robust trees.

The Operational Manager of Equity Bank in Wajir Abdihakim Garad reaffirmed the bank’s dedication to environmental stewardship.

He said that beyond immediate tree planting efforts, Equity Bank unveiled plans to plant a million trees in the coming years, demonstrating its long-term commitment to sustainability and community prosperity.

“This collaborative action underscores the potential for addressing pressing ecological challenges. As the seeds take root and flourish, the impact of this collective effort is poised to reverberate positively across Wajir and beyond, fostering a greener, more resilient future for generations to come,” said Garad.

The tree planting exercise signifies a proactive approach towards combating climate change and promoting sustainable development in Wajir. With continued efforts and collaboration between the government, private sector, and communities, the vision of a greener and more prosperous Wajir is well within reach.

By Hamdi Buthul

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