RBA plants 145 indigenous trees at Ngong forest

Dr Shem Ouma, Director of Research, Strategy and Planning, leads Retirement Benefits Authority’s employees in planting trees at Ngong Road Forest.

Retirement Benefits Authority planted 145 seedlings of indigenous trees at Ngong Road Forest on 10 December. This is in addition to 1,055 indigenous trees the authority planted in June. 

RBA’s site at Lenana Block of Ngong Road Forest now has 1,200 trees. Kenya Forest Service has allowed the authority a piece of land in the forest to plant indigenous trees. 

In return, the authority is paying Kenya Forest Service to maintain all trees the Authority plants. Mr Johnstone Nguyai, forest manager, Ngong Road Forest, said the best way to help KFS rehabilitate the forest is for firms to plant and maintain trees they plant. 

“You’ve to assist us in protecting our forest,” Mr Nguyai said. “We tell organisations that the best way to help us is to plant and maintain the trees.” 

He said that with the outbreak of Covid-19, KFS realised that each person required seven trees for oxygen in a year. Mr Nguyai appealed to each Kenyan to plant seven trees every year. 

A tree can provide oxygen, which is an essential of life for all living things. In addition, a tree has the power to remove harmful gases like carbon dioxide making the air we breathe healthier.


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