Equity Bank’s Kisii branch has reiterated its continued partnership with schools in the ongoing countrywide tree planting exercise to protect the environment.
Speaking at Cardinal Otunga Mosocho High School in one of the exercises, the branch manager Evans Nyang’au said their action was in response to President William Ruto’s national call to plant 15 billion trees in the next ten years.
“We are determined to champion this programme as part of giving back to society in addition to our other social responsibilities,” he said.
The bank donated 500 indigenous tree seedlings to be planted, cared for and handed over to preferred successors when the students eventually leave school.
“There should be a traditional handing over of trees in this school to ensure its smooth continuity,” he said.
His colleague Peter Mboya, in charge of ecosystem and value chain systems in the bank, underscored the importance of taking care of the environment.
They revealed their aim is to plant more than 10 million trees across the county in the long rains season.
Deputy Principal Gerald Ayiera thanked the bank for the rare gesture.
Speaking on behalf of the principal, he said the school had taken serious steps to protect the environment after the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) named it a model institution for conservation.
He appealed to all heads of secondary schools and other institutions to join them and plant more trees to achieve the national targets.
The school’s Environmental Movement coordinator Magdalene Gesare said there is need to create change agents who will enhance a tree-planting culture in every home to protect Mother Nature.
She encouraged homes, trading centres and other social places to begin by avoiding the use of polythene bags and plastic containers, advising that should it be inevitable, then they must be carefully disposed or recycled.
By Enock Okong’o
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