Trans Nzoia: College commits to environmental conservation

Students of Equip Africa College in Trans Nzoia County take part in a tree planting exercise at the institution during the World environment week on June 3, 2021. Photo/Courtesy

The management of Equip Africa College of Medical and Health Sciences in Trans Nzoia has committed to take part in environmental conversation efforts in the region with a keen focus on afforestation and waste management.

The college’s Principal Mr. Stephen Olusatima said the institution has initiated a host of plans aimed at restoring the ecosystem which is critical in restoring nature and livelihoods within the Agricultural County.

“We have targeted to plant 1000 tree seedlings at our college in addition to taking part in environmental cleaning exercises within the community. We understand the relevance of a better environment,” Mr. Olusatima said.

The principal led a team of students and staff members to take part in tree planting and cleaning exercises during the world environment week whose culmination was the celebration of the World Environment day at Manor House Agricultural Center in Saboti Sub-County.

Area Deputy Governor Dr. Stanley Tarus said the county government welcomes partners who will enable in achieving targeted 20% forest cover in addition to other climatic conservation goals within the region.

“The government cannot achieve this alone without the input of key stakeholders. We wish to ensure that we engage in activities that will restore the Mt. Elgon and Cherang’any water towers which are in Trans Nzoia” said Dr. Tarus.

The county’s environment executive committee member Andrew Musungu said the devolved government is developing a sand harvesting bill that will regulate activities related to the venture to protect rivers.

“The bill seeks to issue guidelines on licensing sand harvesters and regulation on how and where the activity should be conducted. The activity has a negative impact on land use and land cover changes that are impacting on the ecosystem,” Mr. Musungu said.

The chief officer in the same docket John Meng’wa issued a warning against farming along River Banks saying perpetrators will face legal action since the act has negative environmental effects.