Monday, May 25, 2020

Participants drawn from different multi- agencies , who are attending the workshop for Waste Management Action Plan for Nairobi City County at Naivasha.

The Chief Economic Advisor to the Presidency Dr. Francis Muraya has called for concerted efforts to manage waste in Nairobi County, inorder to create wealth.

He said widespread poverty  in the County could be minimised if all players  joined hands to extract wealth from the vast waste produced in the capital city.

Nairobi City Country generates more than 22,000 tons of waste daily, which ends up in garbage sites.

Dr. Muraya noted that waste  in the city had the potential of creating numerous business ventures that could provide profitable returns and employ thousands of poor people.

Dr. Muraya was speaking in Naivasha when he opened a Multi-Agency workshop to develop consensus on waste management Action plan for Nairobi City County.He represented the deputy head of public service Mr. Wanyama Musiambo.

He assured the participants of the National Government’s resources and technical support in making the waste to wealth venture a success.

Chief Economic Advisor to the Presidency Dr. Francis Muraya addressing the participants at the Multi- Agency workshop, he called for concerted efforts to manage waste in Nairobi County, inorder to create wealth.

Dr. Muraya added that most of solid waste in Kenya was part of Agriculture which was the country’s mainstay with about 80 per cent of the population dependent on it.

He observed that transforming waste to wealth there was the key to uplifting the standards of living for many kenyans.

The workshop was attended by participants from Nairobi City County, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Kenya Association of Manufacturers, National Environment Management Authority, Kenya Alliance of Residents Association, Ministry of Health, National Treasury, Kenya Private Sector Alliance among others.

The Ministry of Environment and Forestry has spearheaded development of a National Sustainable Waste Management policy and Bill that is awaiting Cabinet concurrence and passage by the National Assembly into law.

Following the developments, prospects are now high for the Country to migrate from linear to Circular model of waste management. The linear model confines waste from generators to dumpsites as  opposed to circular where waste is sorted and managed to gainful use.

The Ministry of Environment and Nairobi City County have established the waste management working team comprising of Multi- Agency key stakeholders with clear terms of reference to drive the waste agenda.

 

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