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Lira District Boosts Tree Planting In Primary Schools

miércoles, 29 de marzo de 2017

By Opira Sam

Primary schools that benefited from tree seedlings distributed by Lira District Local Government and Ngetta Sub county Council are faced with the challenges of sustaining the plants.

Lira District Enviroment Officer Mr. Fabious Otike revealed that the authorities had resolved to distribute seedlings to St. Paul Iwal, Akwia-woro, Cura,Ngetta Boys and Girls Primary schools among others.

But a week after the distribution, the residents surrounding St. Paul Primary School allegedly uprooted almost 100 of the 200 seedlings that were given.

Mr.Okello Geoffrey Boniface, a teacher in-charge Agriculture and Compound at St.Paul P/S expressed his disappointment for the shocking behavior of some people.

Meanwhile Mrs. Regina Betty Okwir, the Head-teacher of Ngetta Boys P/S confirmed to have received 1000 Pine seedlings but complained of the stray animals which she fears may invade their plantation and destroy the seedlings.

She called for a joint intervention by both the school authority and the community to ensure the safety of the plantation.

She however appealed to Lira District Environment Officer to consider adding them more seedlings because even the 1000 seedlings given are not yet half way into their garden.

The Chairman SMC of the School Mr. Robert Ebong appealed to the PTA and SMC of the beneficiary schools to take a lead and jealously protect the seedlings from damages.

At Ngetta Girls Primary School, a total of 600 Cyprus seedlings were delivered as confirmed by Sr. Susan Akot Odongo, the head-teacher of the school.

She told our reporter that they are yet to plant the seedlings but also appealed to the District environment office to supply them with more.