Kitui Deputy Governor Dr. Wathe Nzau on Thursday, November 9 presided over the launch of the Annual Tree Planting season at South Eastern Kenya University (SEKU) in Kitui Rural Sub-county.
The theme of the year “Growing Trees for Social-economic Development to transform lives” is a key focus of the County government’s plan to increase the tree cover as an environmental conservation measure.
Addressing the event, the Deputy Governor said that the County Government is committed to ensuring that more trees are planted in the county considering the effects deforestation has caused in the past years.
He reiterated that the County government will continue partnering with the university in areas of Environment, research, education and internships for students among other possible causes.
Kitui County Government received the award of recognition from the First Lady Margaret Kenyatta recently for being the leading county in tree planting countrywide.
The growth in tree cover rose from 4.2 to 7% in the past one year.
SEKU Vice Chancellor Prof. Geoffrey Muluvi, present in the event said that the university is ready for more partnerships with the County Government considering the growth potential the institution has shown since the award of a charter in 2013.
Other leaders present included the County Executive for Environment Mr. John Makau, Chief Officer Dr. Mwinzi and the Environment Director Benjamin Mukulo.