Nairobi, 13th November 2023
Nairobi Governor H.E Sakaja Johnson today led hundreds of Nairobi residents in planting trees at Dandora Estate Sewerage Treatment Works Ruai, where more than 10,000 tree seedlings were planted.
The Governor was joined by his Deputy H.E Njoroge Muchiri, County Secretary Mr. Patrick Analo, County Executives, Ruai Ward MCA Hon. James Karis and Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company leadership.
Governor Sakaja called on Nairobi residents to make tree growing a continuous exercise and a responsibility for every resident.
The Nairobi Governor acknowledged that people have done a disservice to the city by making it a concrete jungle, and urged the residents to protect the future by planting trees.
“It is my pleasure to see so many people dedicated to greening the environment. Let us protect the future by planting more trees and taking care of them” Said Governor Sakaja.
The Governor thanked the President H.E William Ruto for setting aside the day to plant trees. He urged Nairobians to take the day seriously and plant more trees.
The County Boss directed the Green Nairobi Executive Mr. Ibrahim Auma to ensure availability of tree seedlings in all the Sub Counties. He also pointed out that the seedlings should be made affordable in order to encourage tree growing culture in the City.
The governor appreciated Green Army’s efforts in making a difference in the County.
“Through the efforts of Green Army in unclogging drainages, Nairobi has not experienced the perennial flooding.” He added.
Governor Sakaja also announced that the plans are underway to recruit one thousand (1000) more staff into Green Arm in a bid to making Nairobi clean.
The Governor gave a stern warning to those involved in illegal dumping and also to the illegal structure owners, adding that his administration will not tolerate such behaviors.
“We will not allow illegal dumping. We cannot invest in making the City clean and watch people dump wastes.” Said the Governor.
Governor Sakaja appreciated the stakeholders, noting that his administration will support all stakeholders working towards greening Nairobi.
Nairobi County Deputy Governor H.E Njoroge Muchiri challenged land and premises owners to grow and nurture trees.
“I encourage all of us to plant and nature trees in order to create environment that will reduce climate change impact.” Said the Deputy Governor.
Ag. County Secretary Mr. Patrick Analo noted that it is everyone’s responsibility to make sure the tree seedlings planted thrives into big trees.
The County Executive in charge of Green Nairobi Mr. Ibrahim Auma appreciated Green Nairobi staff who work round the clock in ensuring that the city is clean and green.
Mr. Auma mentioned that the County has ensured that the tree planting exercise was taking place in all the 17 Sub Counties.
The County Executive said that his sector is working hard to ensure the City is clean, green and with safe food. He called on Nairobians to help report those practicing illegal dumping.
Ruai Community Based Organizations, like Trees and Culture among others were also recognized for their good work in planting and nurturing trees in the area.
According to the Environment, Climate Change and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Hon. Soipan Tuya, the Government targets to plant 100Million trees today across all the 47 Counties.
County Executives accompanying the Governor were; Mr. Ibrahim Auma ( Green Nairobi),Mr. Michael Gumo ( Innovation and Digital Economy), Dr. Anastasia Nyalita ( Inclusivity, Public Participation and Customer Service), Mr. Stephen Mwangi( Built in Environment and Urban Planning),Ms. Suzanne Silantoi ( Health, Wellness and Nutrition),Ms. Maureen Njeri ( Business and Hustlers Opportunities), Mr. Brian Mulama ( Mobility and Works),Ms. Rosemary Kariuki( Talent, Skills and Care), Mr. Charles Kerich( Finance and Economic Affairs) and Mr. Patrick Mbogo ( Boroughs, Administration and Personnel).
Several County Chief Officers, Directors and other County staff were also present.