Nandi Governor Stephen Sang on Sunday asked area residents to be at the forefront in conserving the environment by planting trees during the current rains to increase the forest cover.
Sang said increasing the forest cover will conserve the environment, protect water catchment and ensure pasture for domestic animals.
“We are working together with the Kenya Forest Service (KFS) to ensure there is planned and regulated tree cutting and curb illegal activities in our forest as it results in destruction of the ecosystem,” Sang said.
He made the remarks as he graced the First Governor’s Cup Tournament at Eliud Kipchoge Sports Complex which was launched to raise awareness on environment conservation.
Sang thanked KFS for providing them with 2,500 tree seedlings to be planted at the training facility adding that this will ensure a conducive air for athletes during their training.
The tournament was the first to be held in the region after all sporting activities were banned last year following the outbreak of coronavirus. It attracted 62 teams from various categories including Primary and Secondary Schools, Colleges and Universities, Self-Sponsored and Senior Categories.
In the senior category, General Service Unit (GSU) and Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC) emerged the champions of Nandi County Governor’s volleyball Cup.
GSU defeated former KVF champions Kenya Prisons 25-17, 35-33 and 25-22 to win the men’s title.
In women volleyball, KPC also defeated Kenya Prisons 3sets to 2.
Kesogon Secondary school was crowned the Champions in the Secondary Schools category after defeating Lugulu girls in straight sets to win the girls school category.
In the primary school section, national champions Soi Primary beat Mukuyuni 3:2 for the title.