By Mitchelle Jobita
The National Industrial Training Authority (NITA) today planted a total of 3800 tree seedlings at the Kisumu Medium Prison in Kisumu County.
According to NITA Director of Human Resource and Administration, Dr. Julius Olayo, the initiative has been driven by the President’s directive for Ministries and Parastatals to commit 10% of their CSR to participate in tree planting to help in achieving the 10% forest cover by 2022.
Dr Olayo added that so far, they have done the same at Shima La Tewa Prison where they planted 2800 tree seedlings and they were remaining with Langata and Machakos prisons.
The Prison in- Charge Mr. Horace Chacha added that the Kisumu Medium Prison has 1.8 million seedlings that are ready to be given out to schools, organized groups and individuals who wish to plant trees as a way of encouraging tree planting.
He added that they have a plan of giving 400 seedlings to Korando Development Project and plant some more at the Kisumu West Sub County Assistant County Commissioner’s office.
The NITA acting Director General Stephen Ogenga who was speaking at the tree planting activity said that they have partnered with the Prisons department as a way of ensuring that once the convicts are released from prison, they have skills they can use to earn a living.
He also urged youths aged 18-35 to join NITA in order to benefit from the skills being offered by the institution as a way of securing a better future.