Wednesday, January 17, 2018
The PS State Department of Environment, Mr. Charles T. Sunkuli, CBS; briefing the Media on the implementation progress of LVEMP II Kenya in Kisumu

The PS State Department of Environment, Mr. Charles T. Sunkuli, CBS; briefing the Media on the implementation progress of LVEMP II Kenya in Kisumu

The Principal Secretary State Department of Environment, Mr. Charles T. Sunkuli has said that the Government is committed to ensuring that Lake Victoria and its Basin is economically viable and in a state of improving the livelihood of the riparian Communities.

The PS made these remarks while a addressing the Journalist after paying a courtesy call to the Kisumu County Commissioner yesterday. He underscored the need to involve the County Governments in matters pertaining to development stressing that it is the only way to ensure sustainability of the investments once the Projects come to an end.

The PS who was on an evaluation tour of the progress made by the Lake Victoria Environmental Project Phase two [LVEMP II Kenya] which is coming to an end by December this year, told the  Kisumu County Commissioner and members of the Press that going by the  assessment of the World Bank, the Project’s implementation is satisfactory.

He said that the Project under Community Driven Development [CDDs] initiatives, Sustainable Land Management [SLM] endeavors, rehabilitation of bare Hills and River Banks, establishment of tree nurseries to enhance tree cover by selling Tree seedlings at subsidized rates, the Government is ensuring that the Lake and its Basin is protected from pollution and erosion.

The PS Mr. Charles T. Sunkuli, CBS, seated right briefing the Kisumu County Commissioner Mr.Maalim Muhamed [Center] when he paid him a courtesy call in his office. Looking on is LVEMP II Kenya National Project Coordinator Ms. Francisca Owuor, HSC

The PS Mr. Charles T. Sunkuli, CBS, seated right briefing the Kisumu County Commissioner Mr.Maalim Muhamed [Center] when he paid him a courtesy call in his office. Looking on is LVEMP II Kenya National Project Coordinator Ms. Francisca Owuor, HSC

He went on to say that matters of environmental conservation and livelihood improvement were the government’s top priority adding that the Government is committed to allocating resources to ensure that the environment is well conserved and the livelihoods improved. To that effect he added that the government is working closely with stakeholders particularly development partners the World Bank to explore the possibility of the third phase of LVEMP II. He said discussions to that effect are in progress and there is positive reaction from the World Bank.

He further said that the government is committed to ensure that the Water Hyacinth suffocating the Lake at certain periods and paralyzing socio – economic activities is managed through four options that is, Manual removal, Biological by releasing weevils into the Lake, Mechanically removing the weed and also the fourth option which is being explored, the generation of energy from the weed.

The PS on tour of the Homa Bay Sewerage facility in which a total of Kshs. 285 million has been spent to rehabilitate it and extend new lines.

The PS on tour of the Homa Bay Sewerage facility in which a total of Kshs. 285 million has been spent to rehabilitate it and extend new lines.

He added that through the Project’s interventions of rehabilitating the Homa Bay Sewerage facility which had collapsed, expanding the Kisumu city Sewerage facility and constructing the Bomet sewerage facility is a great step the government has taken to reduce pollution load into the lake.

While in Homa Bay, the managing Director of Homa Bay County Water and Sanitation Company [HOMAWASCO] Mr. Evans Nyagol said that the rehabilitation of the facility has changed the face of the town and their collection has risen from paltry Kshs. 65 thousand to Kshs. 800 thousand monthly, this is a clear indication that the project is sustainable.

The PS being shown the Homa Bay Sewerage layout by the Sewerage Project Manager Eng. Amek, flanked by DPP&SI/NFPO Ms. Agnes Yobteric on his right and NPCT Members at the Sewerage site office

The PS being shown the Homa Bay Sewerage layout by the Sewerage Project Manager Eng. Amek, flanked by DPP&SI/NFPO Ms. Agnes Yobteric on his right and NPCT Members at the Sewerage site office

Both the Kisumu and Homa Bay County Commissioners Mr. Maalim Mohamed and Muhammed K. Farah respectively promised to support the project noting that they will ensure that they work closely with other stakeholders in matters pertaining to the development of their Counties.

In his entourage was the Director Programmes, Projects and Strategic Initiatives and also the National Focal Point Officer for the Project Madam Agnes Yobteric, OGW; LVEMP II – Kenya National Project Coordinator Ms. Francisca Owuor, HSC, the National Project Coordinating Team and County Project Coordinating Teams among others. The PS is to tour progress made by LVEMP II Kenya investments in Kisumu, Homa Bay and Bomet Counties.

The PS Mr. Charles T. Sunkuli, CBS, seated second from left being briefed by the Homa Bay County Commissioner Mr. Muhammed K. Farah [in white shirt] when he paid him a courtesy call in his office. Looking on is DPP&SI Ms. Agnes Yobteric and LVEMP II Kenya National Project Coordinator Ms. Francisca Owuor, HSC among others

The PS Mr. Charles T. Sunkuli, CBS, seated second from left being briefed by the Homa Bay County Commissioner Mr. Muhammed K. Farah [in white shirt] when he paid him a courtesy call in his office. Looking on is DPP&SI Ms. Agnes Yobteric and LVEMP II Kenya National Project Coordinator Ms. Francisca Owuor, HSC among others

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