The Department of Water, Environment and Natural Resources will benefit from a more people responsive budget in the 2019/2020 Financial Year, Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong has said.
Addressing the new BUWASSCO Board of Directors at Vittoria Suites in Kisumu before handing over instruments of power to the board chair Dr. George Kwedho, the Governor said his government will double the current allocation to the department which currently stands at Sh410million.
“The issue of water is a big problem to residents of Busia County despite being surrounded by Lake Victoria, River Nzoia and River Yala. The new board should come out of the box to find a lasting solution to water scarcity in the county,” he said.
Governor Ojaamong handed over the company seal, provisional certificate of operation, Service Performance Agreement, Copy of certificate of incorporation, Copy of Busia Water Act 2015, the Strategic Plan and Articles of Association at the USAID-KIWASH funded inauguration and induction training of the board.
He said the issue of water in the county will have far-reaching effects in 2022 general elections, thus the need for the new board to burn midnight oil to ensure all parts of the county have access to clean and safe drinking water.
The Governor said the board will need to learn from Singapore experience which has no water sources but satisfies its citizens with imported water from Malaysia.
“My Government will support the board but on condition that it comes up with best practices in alleviating water scarcity in the county,” he said, adding that there are many organizations which are willing to support water programs in the county.
Dr Kwedho said although they are starting from the scratch, the enthusiasm of the board will take the Company far in realizing its mandate, adding that they will seal all loopholes leading to loss of water and revenue before rolling up their sleeves and hitting the ground running on infrastructure development.
Water Executive Dr Isaac Alukwe said recruitment of BUWASSCO Secretary and substantive top managers was critical in the realization of its objectives.
KIWASH Governance Specialist Noelle Obiri said they have new game plan to grow the company, adding that among the projects they have funded for the company includes development of strategic plan, Performance Improvement Plan and facilitated induction of the new board.