Newly appointed Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Hon. Soipan Tuya formally took over from outgoing CS Keriako Tobiko, promising to guide in implementation of laws, policies and regulations to govern environmental conservation and protection.
Hon. CS Tuya applauded Tobiko for his tremendous contribution to the environment sector and conservation efforts, which she said have been recognized globally.
The new CS said she will pick up with speed and vigor to ensure policies, strategies and regulations formulated in the Ministry are implemented.
She called on members of staff in the Minstry and its agencies to offer the needed support, in order to achieve the Ministry’s mandate and offer services to Kenyans.
“I expect handwork, commitment and seriousness, crafting laws and strategies is easy but implementation is the greatest challenge,” She said.
Hon. Tuya said President William Ruto has set a target of achieving 30% tree cover by 2032, and the Ministry must take leadership in inculcating the culture of environmental ethics and rallying Kenyans to conserve the environment.
“I am honored to take over the mantle from CS Tobiko , he has done a credible job, he has left a mark in the environment sector, I am stepping into huge shoes and I expect support from all departments,” She added.
On his part, Tobiko said during his four and half years tenure at the Ministry, they were the most fulfilling in his life and full of beautiful memories that he will cherish.
He exuded confidence that the new CS will fit in the Environment docket, given her previous experience and training.
“The President made the right decision to appoint Hon. Soipan to the Ministry, she is well acquainted with the subject matter and her clarity and vision will steer the Ministry to another level,” said Tobiko.
Present during the meeting were Environment PS Dr. Chris Kiptoo, NEMA DG Mamo B Mamo , Kenya Water Towers Agency DG Prof. Julius Tanui, NETFUND CEO Samson Toniok, Heads of departments and technical officers from the Ministry.