By Reuben Olita
Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong has urged Women Groups in the county to include tree planting as part of their programs.
Addressing members of Umbrella Upendo Women Group in Kwangamor today, the Governor said trees help to conserve the environment and improve tree cover.
The forest cover in the county currently stands at less than 2 percent against the recommended national target of 10%. The Department of Water, Irrigation, Environment and Natural Resources launched school greening program to improve tree cover.
” Including tree planting in your programs is critical in helping the County Government in improving forest cover. Each home should plant at least 20 trees to help in environment conservation,” he said.
The Governor lauded Dr Maurice Okemo for planting many trees in his compound which he noted has not only brought beauty but helped in conserving the environment, urging other families to emulate that magnificent feat.
The Governor said the inclusion of physical fitness as one of the objective of the group was laudable as it helps to keep the members fit and drive away non communicable diseases.
The Governor who bought 60 chairs for the group also pledged a 150-seater tent to help facilitate their operations.
On water scarcity in the area, the Governor said his government will connect water to various homes by undertaking pipeline extensions from the high yielding borehole at the Kwamgamor Catholic Parish which the county government drilled using the purchased water rig.
He said he brought alot of development in the area including construction of schools, electricity and other infrastructure, noting that
he has the needs of the residents at heart.