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Kadaga launches NWSC’s tree-planting campaign

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.

Speaker Kadaga (L) listens to a pupil at the function

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.

 

 

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0 #1 kabayekka 2017-10-12 02:23
It needs more than the NWSC to retard the Sahara desert environment that is slowly but real coming up on these Equatorial countries.
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0 #2 rubangakene 2017-10-12 22:58
The speaker of late trying to recuperate her public standing,oh, la, la! ".....this fund has been on the shelf for the last 16 years." she said.

Well, well; if you had the independence and guts to give priorities to essential issues that affect the ordinary Ugandans' well -being and their environment, we wouldn't be in this situation.

Instead of following your heart you allowed this nonsense of age-limit cloud your thinking and permanently damage your standing.

Too late girl, you will soon packing your knitting bag to some UN posting, watch this space!
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