Friday, August 17, 2018

Environment CS Keriako Tobiko (c), Transport CS James Macharia (r) and Director General NEMA Prof. Geoffrey Wakhungu, when they inspected Nairobi River Restoration Command Centre.

Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Mr. Keriako Tobiko has urged county governments to support projects initiated by national governments as they were intended to benefit the tax payers.

The CS noted that the national government only allocated funds and facilitated the counties to execute devolved functions and that there was no conflict in such arrangements.

He enumerated waste management, water and sanitation, sewerage and storm water management as some of the devolved functions that were the responsibility of county governments.

Mr. Tobiko urged counties to carry out their mandate responsibly by utilizing the allocated funds for the intended purposes.

The CS was speaking during an inspection tour of the Nairobi river restoration program ahead of a major cleanup exercise aimed at restoring the lost glory of Nairobi capital city.

He was accompanied by Transport CS Mr. James Macharia and members of the inter-sectoral committee appointed to the re-generation of Nairobi city program spearheaded by the Ministry of Environment and in which Nairobi County government is a member.

The two Cabinet Secretaries expressed dismay that despite earlier confirmation that the Nairobi governor Mike Mbuvi, would participate in the inspection he had failed to show up citing flimsy excuses.

Mr. Macharia said regeneration of Nairobi city was critical to the National government to achieve 500,000 affordable housing units as part the 4 pillar development agenda.

He said the filth that overflowed in Nairobi River must be removed urgently to attract investors in housing and other sectors.

Others which accompanied the two CS’s were the deputy head of civil service mr. Wanyama Musiambo and the Director General of National Environment Management Authority Prof. Geoffrey Wakhungu.

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