Monday, July 23, 2018

The Principal Secretary State Department of Environment Mr. Charles T. Sunkuli, CBS chairing the National Policy Steering Committee [NPSC] Meeting for LVEMP II – Kenya at Tom Mboya Labour College – Kisumu today.

The Principal Secretary State Department of Environment in the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Mr. Charles T. Sunkuli, CBS today while chairing the National Project Policy Steering committee meeting of the Lake Victoria Environmental Management Project Phase II [LVEMP II – Kenya] underscored the need to put in place mechanism to ensure proper funds flow to the Project’s catchment Counties.

He at the same time called on members to consider expanding project interventions to cover the entire Lake Victoria Basin Counties in terms of Sewerage facilities noting that this would address pollution in the Basin. He added that key issues to the Basin included Wetland protection of which he called for more management plans for the remaining ones; Soil erosion control structures and exploring expansion of Bio Toilets to cover more areas.

The PS applauded the efforts of the National Project Policy Steering Committee members, National Project Coordination Team [NPCT] leadership and all stakeholders that have steered the project to such a successful end.

Thereafter the PS officially flagged off the distribution of five exhausters worth Ksh. 57million to the respective counties of Busia, Siaya, Kisumu, Kericho and Nandi.  He said that this demonstrates government commitment in ensuring clean, healthy and secure environment for all its citizens.

He went on to say that the Exhausters are to provide exhaustion services in places where Sewer networks do not cover, to Control and prevent point and non-point sources of pollution. Previously, the PS noted that LVEMP II – Kenya had also provided eco-sanitary services through purchase of seven exhausters for counties on loan. The recipient counties were Bomet, Kericho, Migori, Bondo, Siaya and Kisumu. The exhausters will therefore, provide on-site sanitation services and contribute immensely to the reduction of the pollution load getting into Lake Victoria.

Mr. Sunkuli urged all to join hands and work together to conserve Lake Victoria Basin and improve livelihoods. He urged those Counties that today received the exhausters to put them into good use and frequently liaise and cooperate with the project to adequately release information on the same as will be required from time to time.

He went on to say that the Exhausters are to provide exhaustion services in places where Sewer networks do not cover, to Control and prevent point and non-point sources of pollution. Previously, the PS noted that LVEMP II – Kenya had also provided eco-sanitary services through purchase of seven exhausters for counties on loan. The recipient counties were Bomet, Kericho, Migori, Bondo, Siaya and Kisumu. The exhausters will therefore, provide on-site sanitation services and contribute immensely to the reduction of the pollution load getting into Lake Victoria.

Mr. Sunkuli urged all to join hands and work together to conserve Lake Victoria Basin and improve livelihoods. He urged those Counties that today received the exhausters to put them into good use and frequently liaise and cooperate with the project to adequately release information on the same as will be required from time to time.

The PS flagging off the exhausters in company of NPSC, NPCT and County officials who were the recipients.

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