By Governor’s Press
Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong has urged residents to set up sanctuaries to conserve wildlife that will help attract tourists.
Speaking during the World Environment Day at Lwanya Girls Secondary School on Sunday, the Governor told county residents to emulate former Senator the late Mutula Kilonzo who had a sanctuary in his homestead.
” My government will encourage tree planting across the county to improve tree cover in the county which currently stands at 1.04 per cent.
We also have a duty to protect wildlife to create awareness on the theme ” Zero tolerance to wildlife crime” so as to protect the rapid depletion of wildlife,” he said.
County Executive Committee Member for Water, Environment and Natural Resources, Gregory Odeke said his department has taken a leading role in spearheading the preparation of:
Formulation of the biodiversity policy, development of land use plan for Yala Swamp, watershed management plan for Kabosokipi-Ong’aroi water shed, transition implementation plan for forestry and county environment action plan.
Odeke said the implementation of the above documents will result in a sustainability conserved environment for all, adding that Busia county is endowed with a rich and diverse resource base.
Chief Officer in the Department Timon Mboga said they are promoting the planting of bamboo trees and bee keeping to relieve the environment of the burden of degradation.
He said they have set aside Sh198 million to improve water catchment areas and in environment conservation, adding that the move has also helped in job creation among the youths.
Present during the occasion included County Chief Officers Joel Barua (Education), Dr Asoka Itur ( Health), Caroline Kwedho (Agriculture), MCA Berthlet Oduma, County Principal Environment officer, Denis Chiranda
Others were Director NEMA Ezekiel Moseri, Coordinator Kenya Forest Service, James Were, Miss World Kenya second runners up Everlyne Adongo and Miss Tourism Busia County Leah Otysula.