Maasai Mara University with Professor Mary K. Walingo at the helm as the Vice-Chancellor has urged Kenyans to support environmental conservation initiatives that Security Professionals have demonstrated at the Varsity. Speaking at a briefing during a mega tree planting exercise that rocked the varsity compound especially indigenous herbal plants, Prof. Walingo lauded the women and men in uniform for planting ten thousand tree seedlings. The security officials were drawn from the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF): the Kenya Army, the Kenya Airforce, and the Kenya Navy, all the units in the Kenya Police Service, the National Youth Service (NYS), Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), Kenya Forest Rangers and Narok County Rangers. “We have stable programmes in Environmental Planning and Management alongside other disciplines that are crucial in steering forward environmental conservation by imparting conservation skills and knowledge to students whom we churn out every year to go and save Planet Earth from Environmental degradation. It is unfortunate that deforestation is being propelled at worrying levels but we are here to offer solutions through planting trees within the University hence leading by example. Great regards too for the Security Forces that have joined
us today in realizing this superb mission,” Prof. Walingo said. She also appreciated the National Government led by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto for choosing Narok County to host this year’s Madaraka Celebrations as it has given Maasai Mara University a golden opportunity to offer training grounds and accommodation to the troops. Besides, Prof. Walingo hinted that the University has a plan to set up a factory that will manufacture medicinal hubs in the masterpiece Botanical Garden to help the Kenyan and International community to root out chronic diseases. Exporting the drugs and growing trees as raw materials will boost Kenya’s economy with farmers benefiting hence the zeal to conserve trees. Ultimately, the Mara Ecosystem and the Mau Water Towers will revert to its initial nature as a main water catchment area serving East African Rivers.
Her sentiments were supported by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Administration, Finance and Planning Prof. Mohamed Abdille who praised the patriotism attested by the Security Officers who did not tarry to support the Varsity in conserving the environment. “Our Disciplined Forces are always humble and patriotic, and their patriotism is beyond measure cascading down to environmental conservation,” said Prof. Abdille. His counterpart the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic and Students Affairs who also doubles as Interim Chairman to the National Construction Authority Board Prof. Bulitia Godrick Mathews applauded the security agencies for engaging in the fruitful activity. “Since universities are the core drivers of the Big Four Agenda, we also encourage you to advance your skills and knowledge in your career hence excellent service delivery in the
security sector. Maasai Mara University strives towards offering you e-learning opportunities that will enable you learn from wherever you will be and later graduate with authenticated academic credentials,” Prof. Bulitia affirmed.