Vihiga Governor Dr. Wilber Ottichilo has led area residents in a tree-planting exercise to mark the 50th World Environment Day.
The exercise took place at the Governor's official residence compound in Endeli area in Sabatia Sub County where 1,700 seedlings were planted.
Dr. Ottichilo emphasized the importance of trees in the conservation of the environment and urged the people to grow them in their homesteads and farms.
The county head stated that his administration has focused on the reafforestation of the Maragoli hills forest as well as the school greening programme in a bid to increase the tree cover in the county.
The governor later visited Cheptulu market in Hamisi Sub County and participated in picking litter as a way of keeping the environment clean.
He lamented that non-biodegradable plastic materials had become a major hazard to the environment and urged the residents to re-use them.
'I am advocating for the recycling and re-using of plastics in order to avoid their hazardous effect on the environment,' he stated.
Source: Kenya News Agency