Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has pledged to support National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) in its initiative to plant trees as part of the water utility’s campaign to preserve the environment.
Speaking at the launch of NWSC’s ‘One Million Trees’ campaign at Bugoloobi this morning, Kadaga said she will actively get involved in the tree planting activities whenever invited because this concerns every Ugandan.
Kadaga, however, challenged NWSC and the minister for Water and Environment, Sam Cheptoris, to consider stepping up the campaign from a one million trees to more so that it matches the country’s 45 million people.
For instance, the speaker suggested that at least five trees should be planted by either side of the bride and groom during marriage ceremonies and other related social events.
The Kamuli Woman MP also vowed to push for inclusion of the proposed Tree Fund in the national budget in the next financial year.
“I’m not going to back off the ministry of Finance because this fund has been on the shelf for the last 16 years,” she said.
The NWSC managing director, Eng Silver Mugisha, said they have teamed up with the Young Water Professionals (YWP) Uganda Chapter to engage schools and communities in executing the tree-planting campaign in the corporation’s service coverage areas.
Mugisha explained that it is not in the utility’s mandate to plant trees; so, they will be working with the National Forestry Authority to ensure success of the campaign.
He said the dwindling forest cover and general environmental degradation has already affected NWSC activities as water sources such as swamps and rivers are shrinking in some areas of their operation.