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KNDC CAS Speech, 2018

 

MINISTRY OF WATER AND SANITATION

TALKING POINTS BY WINNIE GUCHU, CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE SECRETARY, MINISTRY OF WATER & SANITATION DURING THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE 1ST KENYA NATIONAL DAM CONFERENCE HELD AT FLAMINGO BEACH RESORT AND SPA, MOMBASA ON 8TH MARCH, 2018

Hon. Simon Chelugui,

Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Water and Irrigation

Mr. Keriako Tobiko,

Cabinet Secretary,

Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources

Hon Ali Hassan Joho,

Governor, Mombasa County,

 Other Chief Administration Secretaries present

The Principal Secretaries

 Hon Dr. Julius Kones,

Chairman,

National Water Conservation & Pipeline Corporation

Other board Chairpersons and Board of Directors

Dr. Eng. Ali Hassan,

Ag, Managing Director,

National Water Conservation & Pipeline Corporation

Other Chief Executive Officers

Senior Ministry of Officials

Members of the Press,

 

May I take this opportunity to thank the organizers of the 1st Kenya National Dam Conference which is bringing us together in seeking solutions to the water challenges we face as a country.

I am informed that the conference will provide a perfect forum to exchange ideas, and experiences in matters relating to water resources infrastructure.

I want to congratulate National Water Conservation and Pipeline Corporation for coming up with this brilliant idea that has brought us together in seeking solutions to the water challenges we face as a country. I am sure all of you are aware of HE. The President’s order that from now henceforth, it will not be business as usual rather it will be business unusual. The Ministry Headquarters, under the leadership of our Cabinet Secretary will lead by example. Several policies to steer the water sector going forward are at various stages of development.

Planning and development of projects like Dams is critical in sector management to attain its objectives. The country as you may be aware, is behind schedule in the achievement of universal access to water. We also need to remember that local initiatives need to be supported so as communities can be assisted to contribute towards embracing household water harvesting and storage. 

 

I also thank all the partners and sponsors who have worked with National Water Conservation and Pipeline Corporation to ensure this conference is a success. As the parent ministry, we encourage more of such forums that will improve on our individual and collective service delivery.

I want to particularly single out the conference theme: “Synergy in Water Resources Infrastructure for Water Security.” For a long time we have worked as individual entities in the water sector and we have made progress in improving access to water. However, by teaming up we can achieve more.

I am proud to see a team of dedicated professionals who have come together for a worthy cause. As you identify the challenges of water insecurity and seek solutions, remember that we have to act fast to mitigate against the effects of drought and floods. As the experts, implementers and policy makers, the mwananchi is looking up to us to provide sustainable solutions to water challenges we face.

I wish to inform you that going forward, we shall intensify field visits to ensure that we are improve on the visibility on how we discharge our mandate as ministry, as we in the Water Sector have to be in the forefront in enabling the Government’s implementation of the BIG 4 Agenda of development.

 

Thank You and God Bless.

 

KNDC CS Speech

 

SPEECH BY SIMON CHELUGUI, CABINET SECRETARY FOR WATER AND SANITATION DURING THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE 1ST KENYA NATIONAL DAM CONFERENCE HELD AT FLAMINGO BEACH RESORT AND SPA, MOMBASA ON 8TH MARCH, 2018

 

Mr. Keriako Tobiko,

Cabinet Secretary,

Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources

Hon Ali Hassan Joho,

Governor, Mombasa County,

Ms Winnie Guchu

Chief Administrative Secretary,

Ministry of Water and Sanitation,

Other Chief Administration Secretaries present

The Principal Secretaries

Hon Dr. Julius Kones,

Chairman,

National Water Conservation & Pipeline Corporation

Other board Chairpersons and Board of Directors

Dr. Eng. Ali Hassan,

Ag, Managing Director,

National Water Conservation & Pipeline Corporation

Other Chief Executive Officers

Senior Ministry Officers present

Members of the Press,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

Good morning,

 

I am very pleased and honored to join you all to the 1st Kenya National Dam Conference. On behalf of My Ministry, I welcome all the delegates who have travelled across the country to participate in this conference. The conference provides us with a perfect forum to exchange ideas, and experiences in matters relating to water resources infrastructure. I want to congratulate National Water Conservation and Pipeline Corporation for coming up with this brilliant idea that has brought us together in seeking solutions to the water challenges we face as a country. The Conference has come at the right time as we are undergoing transition in the water sector.

 

Distinguished Delegates,

Water is a major resource to the country’s socio-economic development and achievement of Kenya’s Vision 2030. The Government target is to achieve 80% coverage of water services by the year 2020 from the current level of 60% and 100% coverage by 2030 as per Vision 2030 and Sustainable Development goal no 6. We therefore have to put in place plans and strategies to ensure this is achieved. To achieve universal access to water by the year 2030, we require to spend Ksh 1.764 trillion which translate to annual requirement of Ksh 100 billion. The sector however, receives only Ksh 40 billion annually, leaving a financing gap of Ksh 60 billion.  I thank our development Partners ie. World Bank, IMF, KfW, AfD, KOICA Italy and GoK for their continued support to grow the sector for enhanced access to water.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

As you are aware, His Excellency the President has spelt out his agenda to Kenyans for the next five years under the big four initiative of Food Security, Universal Health Care, Manufacturing and Affordable Housing. These initiatives cannot be achieved without water. Provision of safe water in sufficient quantities is an enabler to the big four initiatives.  

 

Towards this end, we have identified fifty-seven (57) large dams to be implemented in the next five (5) years.  Construction of these dams will require us to mobilize both financial and technical capacity that will ensure that their implementation will be timely, with the limited resources available.  I want to challenge the Professionals in the water sector that the Government expects implementation of dams to be cost effective so as we have value for money.  This will enable us achieve our target of increasing water storage at the least cost possible. 

 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

I want to particularly single out the conference theme: “Synergy in Water Resources Infrastructure for Water Security.” For a long time, we have worked as individual entities in the water sector and we have made progress in improving access to water. However, by teaming up we can achieve more. I am proud to see a team of dedicated professionals who have come together for a worthy cause. As you identify the challenges of water insecurity and seek solutions, remember that we have to act fast to mitigate against the effects of drought and floods. As the experts, implementers and policy makers, the mwananchi is looking up to us to provide sustainable solutions to water challenges we face.

Distinguished Participants,

I wish to emphasize on the importance of water harvesting and storage. Kenya is considered a water scarce country with a per capita water availability of less than 600 cubic meters, which is below the global threshold of 1000 cubic meters per capita.  The solution to our low per capita fresh water availability is by ensuring that we harvest all the water when it rains, store it for future use especially during dry season. 

 

We are also exploring groundwater potential in the country as this has not been adequately exploited.  As part of this process, groundwater exploration studies are going in Turkana County with support from USAID while the Ministry is undertaking the same exercise in Marsabit and Garissa Counties.

I want to assure Kenyans that I will give priority to supporting water harvesting programmes at the local and national levels as this is the only way we can improve our vulnerability to droughts and floods.  This will also increase water storage that will be used to store water for domestic and irrigation use and thus contribute towards achieving the big 4 agenda.

 

 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

As we discuss rain water harvesting, quality assurance especially in urban areas is key. We need to work with our partners in the private sector especially those in real estate and the National Construction Authority (NCA) to ensure our buildings are compliant with rainwater harvesting systems. Let us also bring on board the micro-finance institutions that offer market products for rainwater harvesting

Distinguished Delegates,

The Water Act 2016, provides an enabling environment in terms of policies and legislation that will increase water harvesting and storage. In addition, the Act has established new institutions among them the National Water Harvesting and Storage Authority.  The Authority’s mandate will include development of water storage infrastructure and flood control which is key to water harvesting in the country.  The Authority will be launched next month and it is expected that it start operating immediately.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Additionally small dams and pans are very resourceful in water harvesting and storage. Small earth dams are particularly useful for drinking water supplies in the rural areas.  Their multipurpose use by communities make them very effective in addressing water problems in the areas they are serving.  The Government will continue to encourage the communities to come together and initiate such projects.  However, I assure them that the Ministry will continue to support development of these small dams and pans by providing budgetary provision and implementing them. 

 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am confident that we are on the right path. When we come together, we consolidate our efforts financially, technically and technologically to achieve the sustainable development Goal Number six on; “Ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.”

I thank all the partners and sponsors who have worked with National Water Conservation and Pipeline Corporation to ensure this conference is a success.

In conclusion, Ladies and Gentlemen, I do not intend to exhaust some of the issues that are lined up for deliberation during the conference. I am happy to note that the paper presenters will cover a wide range of very important and provoking discussions relating to dam construction.

 

I urge you to approach the deliberations with open mind and aim at promoting Synergy in Water Resources Infrastructure for Water Security. Most importantly, please emphasize on the need to bring down the cost of dam construction which runs to billions of shillings here in Kenya as opposed to other countries in Africa and the world.  Due to this high cost, the Government has constituted a Taskforce comprising of Experts incorporating public universities and institutions of higher learning to look into this issue and come up with recommendations which will hopefully, bring down these costs for the benefit of the Public.

 

 

With these remarks, I wish you fruitful deliberations, as I pronounce this conference officially open.

God bless you all

 

 

KNDC MD Speech

SPEECH BY THE MANAGING DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL WATER CONSERVATION & PIPELINE CORPORATION Dr. Eng. ALI HASSAN DURING THE KENYA NATIONAL DAM CONFERENCE 2018, HELD ON 8TH- 9TH MARCH 2018 AT THE FLAMINGO BEACH RESORT & SPA HOTEL, MOMBASA.

The Cabinet Secretary- Ministry of Water & Sanitation,
The Cabinet Secretary- Ministry of Environment & Natural Resources,
The Governor, Mombasa County,
Chief Administrative Secretary, Ms. Winnie Guchu,
The County Commissioner, Mombasa County,
National Water, Chairman, Hon. Dr. Kones
National Water Board of Directors,
Board Chairpersons present,
Board of Directors present,
Chief Executive Officers,
All protocols observed

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is such a great pleasure and honour to host the 1st Kenya National Dam Conference. I thank you all so much for coming because without you we would not have had this conference. I want to thank our Chief Guest, the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Water & Sanitation for honouring our invitation to be here with us today together with his Chief Administrative Secretary. We feel very privileged to have all of you here today, I believe each of us have a role to play in development of water infrastructure for water security.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Collectively, we have made major and notable strides in water infrastructure development. As National Water, we have implemented several flagships projects- Large dams such as Kiserian Dam, Chemususu Dam, Maruba dam, Kirandich dam and others are in various stages of implementation like Siyoi-Muruny, Badasa, Londiani, Isiolo, Pesi, Bosto dam and many others.

We are also cognizant of other agencies that have been involved in development of water storage infrastructure for multi—purpose uses like KENGEN (Hydro-power production, NIB (Irrigation) and WSBs (Water supply). We also appreciate other ministries, agencies, departments and all stakeholders that have participated in this noble agenda of development of water infrastructure and conservation.
Fellow Participants,
It has been a learning experience for all of us, we have had a share of successes and setbacks. We need to use our setbacks to draw lessons to use in the future. We thank all the stakeholders that we have worked with in this journey and we continue to work with. These are the Water Service Boards, NEMA, Warma, KFS, the National Lands Commission, The National Treasury just to mention a few.

Kenya has set the vision 2030 goals as tools to fast track the development of the country into an industrialized middle-income nation. Consequently, large dams’ development and other major water infrastructure were earmarked as a vital tool in achieving water security. As we work towards achieving this, let us embrace the newest technologies and good corporate governance in our operations for improved service delivery.
Ladies and Gentlemen,

With the enactment of the Water Act 2016, National Water Conservation & Pipeline Corporation (NWCPC) is in transition to National Water Harvesting & Storage Authority (WSA). WSA’s core mandate is to “Undertake on behalf of the national government, the development of national public water works for water resources storage and flood control.” My Chairman will elaborate more on transition.

The Conference theme “Synergy in Water Resources Infrastructure for Water Security” encourages us to move from a sectoral approach towards a holistic one, which captures interconnections between food, energy, health, trade, and the environment.
Fellow Delegates,

Upgrading water infrastructure can be challenging and can often benefit from collaboration among multiple entities. Public, private and nonprofit organizations at the national, and county levels all have a role to play in the development of water infrastructure.

Dams have played a key role in economic development such as power generation where it is estimated that dams provide about 20% of the world’s electric power. Dams also mitigate against floods and provides us with water for irrigation, domestic and industrial use. However, dams continue to be a subject of growing international debate and controversy. This is an opportunity for us to demystify the myths on dams and ensure the right information reaches the public.

 

Distinguished Participants,

Lastly I thank all our sponsors- our parent Ministry of Water and Sanitation, Apex Steel, Africa PVC industries, and Savana cement. I also thank our partners- KEWI, KENCOLD and IEK. Last but not least I thank the organizing committee for their dedication and commitment to ensure this event is a success. We are very grateful for everything.

As we continue the discussions on “Synergy in Water Resources Infrastructure for Water Security,” I urge all to adopt a collaborative approach that is aimed at bringing all stakeholders in the water sector together to develop sustainable water infrastructure that foster mutually beneficial solutions.

Karibuni sana!

It is now my pleasure to invite the Chairman of the Board, National Water Corporation.

 

 

 

KNDC Chair Speech

 NATIONAL WATER CONSERVATION & PIPELINE CORPORATION

 

SPEECH BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF NATIONAL WATER CONSERVATION & PIPELINE CORPORATION HON. Dr. JULIUS KONES DURING THE KENYA NATIONAL DAM CONFERENCE 2018, HELD ON 8TH- 9TH   MARCH 2018 AT THE FLAMINGO BEACH RESORT & SPA HOTEL, MOMBASA.

 

The Cabinet Secretary- Ministry of Water & Sanitation,

The Cabinet Secretary- Ministry of Environment & Natural Resources,

The Governor, Mombasa County,

Chief Administrative Secretary, Ms. Winnie Guchu,

The County Commissioner, Mombasa County,

Board Chairpersons present,

National Water Board of Directors

Board of Directors present,

Chief Executive Officers,

 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

Happy women’s day to all the ladies in the house!

 

It is interesting that this conference has coincided with the International women’s day. As we celebrate this day, let us remember that the biggest gift we can give to our mothers, sisters and daughters is access to clean water.

 

National Water is proud to host the 1st Kenya National Dam Conference. This conference is a culmination of an enormous collective effort which began several months ago. We thank all our partners and sponsors who have worked tirelessly with us to ensure a successful conference.

 

I welcome you all to this great forum where we seek to exchange ideas and experiences with an aim of providing solutions to the water challenges we face and consequently enhancing water harvesting and storage for water and food security.

Distinguished Participants,

I thank you all for coming. I know you have spared your precious time off your busy schedules to attend this important conference. I thank the paper presenters who have done a lot of research on various technical fields, am sure all your findings will not go in vain, as it will contribute to policy making on the technical areas of dam construction and management.

I am glad that our Cabinet Secretary is here together with his Chief Administrative Secretary, my colleagues and representatives from the county governments. With our technocrats here too, we should be able to come up with firm resolutions that we can implement especially at this time of transition in the water sector.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

The theme of this conference, “Synergy in Water Resources Infrastructure for Water Security” is exciting and timely. This conference aims to build partnerships to make water harvesting and infrastructure development more efficient, cost-effective and sustainable. We need to look at ways of bringing the cost of dams down. Bwana CS, I am sure this is your concern too. We will should bring the ministry of lands too on board to address the issue of high cost of land compensation. This is a major challenge.

Most importantly, is the issue of funding? It is time we think outside the box on this crucial issue. Public sector funding and resources are often inadequate to meet increasing demands for investment and effective management. In this regard, there is increased involvement by the private sector in provision of water infrastructure and services through PPP arrangements globally.

Distinguished Delegates,

We welcome the private sector to join us in contributing towards financing the much needed development, maintenance and expansion of cost effective water infrastructure. The public-private partnerships offer significant opportunities for strengthening institutional capacity for the water sector, improvement of  inter-sector linkages to generate greater synergy and impact on social- economic well-being of all Kenyans.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

One of the strategic options towards achieving sustainable water development that adapts to increased population and climate change, is construction of dams.

 

The National Water Master Plan (NWMP) 2030 addresses the water resource management challenges in Kenya and sets out plans to support the realization of Vision 2030. The NWMP anticipates the development of a total of 17,860 small dams and water pans adding an additional 893 Million Cubic Meters. This represents a significant investment in water storage.

 

Water harvesting is an obvious solution to increase climate resilience and food security. In the arid lands of Kenya, the solution is a combination of innovative and adaptive water harvesting infrastructure and environmental conservation.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

As I wind up, it is important to remember the issue of dam safety, I am sure we will get more details from the paper presenters on this critical area.

 

Finally, I must emphasize the need to have a more coordinated decision making across sectors. The Water Act 2016 has given National Water the main mandate of “Water Harvesting and Storage. And that is why our name is changing to “National Water Harvesting & Storage Authority.” We need support from all stakeholders and especially our parent ministry to implement this.

 

Lastly fellow participants,

 

We need to do business differently and more efficiently as we focus on the Vision 2030 goals. Let us make use of this forum and interrogate critical issues and challenges we face in the water sector with an aim of coming up with long lasting solutions.

 

Together we are going to make great things happen.

 

Moses Gitonga Ntiritu Works