- Tree planting exercise is an EMEME long-term campaign dubbed U-Green to inspire community action on environmental conservation.
- Mityana School demarcated 5.5 acres of land for environmental Conservation
- UMEMEs Safety Club launched at School
- UMEMEs initiative a strong eco-design, environmental Conservation in conjunction with Uganda Timber Growers Association (UTGA)
By DailyNews Correspondent
UMEME, Uganda’s leading energy Company and the largest energy distributor in Uganda, distributing 97 percent of all electricity used in the country, has a flagship CSR program dubbed U-Green which is centered around inspiring community action on environmental conservation and demonstrate how it can be integrated into livelihoods.
U Geeen program also links directly to implementing the Government goal on afforestation and reforestation of Uganda’s landscapes and adaptation to climate change. UMEME takes cognizance of the vital role forestation plays in ensuring power supply in a country that is heavily reliant on hydro-power.
The Energy giants’ latest initiative was in Mityana where the Commissioner for Private Schools and institutions in the ministry of education, Mr. Edward Ssebukyu, officiated at the Umeme’s tree planting exercise at Kyankowe Primary School.
The fruit and eucalyptus tree project at the Mityana-based school was conducted in conjunction with the Uganda Timber Growers Association.
Above: Area Member of Parliament, Judith Nabakooba, launches the Safety club as she plants a tree at Kyankowe Primary School
The school offered up to 5.5 acres of land for the project to promote pupils’ interest and involvement in conserving their environment.
The commissioner also launched Umeme’s Safety Club at the school in commemoration of the World Day for Safety and Health at Work.
The safety club is Umeme’s proactive measure to ensure that the school embraces environmental conservation and treats electricity safety with top priority.
“Management of our forests should be supported by the best possible information. What Umeme is doing today is a significant contribution to the knowledge required for informed environmental management decisions. It is therefore my privilege to be part of this initiative, which is supplementing Government’s efforts in environmental conservation,” Mr. Ssebukyu said.
Mr. Selestino Babungi, the Umeme Managing Director, explained that the U-Green initiative was the company’s long-term CSR drive, launched in 2016 to implement tree planting activities as an avenue for mitigating the impact of climate change on the environment. The initiative is also intended to inspire community action on environmental conservation.
Above UMEME CEO: Mr. Selestino Babungi, UMEME Managing Director
“Umeme believes that supporting the school to achieve this objective will cultivate a culture of environmental conservation and in the long run, inspire children, teachers and parents to effect positive change in their communities,” said Mr. Babungi.
Through this initiative, Umeme collaborates with NGOs and schools to implement tree planting projects around the country. The activities are performed by members of staff from different departments.
Above: UMEME Corporate Communications Chief Sandor Walusimbi
BACK IN 2016, NatureUganda together with UMEME organized a Tree planting exercise at Salaama School for the Blind in Ntanzi, Ntenjeru, Mukono district in October 22, 2016. The exercise marked a long-term campaign called U-Green by UMEME to inspire community action on environmental conservation. A total of Approximately 1500-1600 trees were planted that day by the joint effort of Umeme, NatureUganda and Salama school for the Blind.
Umeme is the largest electricity distribution company in Uganda. Umeme is mandated to operate, maintain, upgrade and expand the distribution network, retail electricity to its customers and improve efficiency within the electricity distribution system.
About Uganda Timber Growers Association (UTGA)
UTGA was founded in 2006 to bring together private tree growers for collective action in terms of lobbying and advocacy. It aims at creating public awareness about the importance of tree growing and experience sharing amongst members.