The Abagusii Baraton University Students [ABSA] on March 18th 2016 made the news headlines In Nyamira county when they led the tree planting and cleaning exercise in the area.

Led By Dr. Paul Wahonya, the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Students affairs and Services [DVC-SAS], Development and Alumni Affairs officer Mr. Wilfred Oirere, Students Association of Baraton University[SABU]  President Hon. Lekishon Laban, Abagusii Baraton University Students[ABSA] leader Mr. Luke Ombui and other Lectures, the students cleaned the Nyamira streets and the Nyamira Level Five hospital as a service to their backyard community, before donating over 1000 trees that will be planted in the county’s town once the rain season begins.

Deputy Governor Hon.Amos  Nyaribo
Deputy Governor Hon.Amos Nyaribo

The function became the Nyamira County Governments’ agenda of the Day where the Deputy Governor Hon.Amos  Nyaribo  and the ECM Environment, Water and Natural resources, Kepha Osoro launched the Function in the Nyamira Uhuru Gardens. The deputy Governor applauded the ABSA group for that service demonstration that helped officially launch the tree planting day ahead of the National Tree planting exercise of Monday 21st 2016. He urged the people of Nyamira County to remove the gum trees from water catchment areas to avoid rivers and springs from drying up saying blue gums are heavy water consumers.

Dr. Wahonya DVC- Students affairs and Services
Dr. Wahonya DVC- Students affairs and Services during tree planting

Earlier in the day, the Baraton Officials led by Dr. Paul Wahonya had met the Deputy Governor in His office and Hon. Nyaribo  said that they would wish to collaborate with Baraton University in many areas to help the community.  “We know the quality of graduates that Baraton Produces. We are ready to make moves to work with you. We are going to take interns from Baraton yearly once we work out an MoU”  The Deputy Governor said.

In His remarks during the Launching ceremony, Dr. Wahonya delivered the message of good will from the UEAB Vice Chancellor Prof. Philip Maiyo to the Nyamira County Government and people. He thanked the county government for the scholarship support given to the students who come from the county of opportunities and are students in Baraton. ” We thank you for the scholarship opportunities and we request that it continues. We have many Baraton University students who come from this county and we are thankful of the support they get from you. You are also welcome to the University to enjoy the facilities such us conference and research centers and learn something from the Agriculture departments especially the Dairy production” He explained.

The DVC –SAS during the launching of tree planting and cleaning exercise urged the community to keep the environment clean because it is a responsibility given by God. “ As the minister of gospel, let me remind you that cleanliness is next to Godliness. In the Garden of Eden God created Man to be in charge of that Garden and we therefor have to maintain cleanliness in our environment”  Dr. Wahonya said.

Other University officers accompanying students were Lectures Esther Angwenyi [Development studies] Andrew Omambia[IT], Onsongo Nyamweya[IT], Erick Onkoba[Chemistry] Baraton Nyanchwa Extension coordinator Mr. Elekiah Moracha.

Mr. Kepha Osoro accompanied by his counterpart  Mrs. Peris N. Mong’are , ECM, Agriculture, Livestock & Fisheries[Baraton Alumni class of 1985]  in their vote of thanks at Borabu Inn  Hotel thanked the Baraton students for that exercise and promised to work with them in similar functions in the future.