NAIROBI- Over five hundred Kenyan Engineers on Thursday gathered at a dinner to deliberate ways to improve innovations in tunnel designs and construction in the country.
The dinner was organized by the Institution of Engineers of Kenya, the umbrella body that brings together all certified Engineers in the country, and Athi Water Works Development Agency.
Athi Water Services Board Chief Executive Officer Engineer Michael Thuita took the gathering through the history of tunnelling in the world, tracing back to 36 BC.
The discussions tackled innovations around tunnelling, its advantages and how Kenyan Engineers can use them to improve tunnelling in the country. The theme of the event was Innovations in Tunnel Design and Construction.
Institution of Engineers of Kenya President Engineer Collins Gordon Juma challenged professional and upcoming engineers that much is expected of them hence the need to apply modern technologies when tackling engineering problems.
“As we all know, society expects much from the engineering fraternity and the approach of innovation will enable us to provide solutions and impact the society positively,” he said.
He emphasized the urgency with which engineers in Kenya should adapt to new skill requirements.
“In our undertakings engineers, we ought to keep abreast with the new technologies in providing our services,” Engineer Gordon said.
On his part, Cabinet Secretary for Water and Sanitation Simon Chelugui hailed engineers for their role in addressing Kenya’s diminishing water resources.
The CS said the use of tunnels in water transport such as the Northern Collector Tunnel will contribute to efficient management of water resources.
“My ministry is currently undertaking various projects that involve use of tunnels in water transport such as the Northern Collector Tunnel Project, Itare Dam Project, Karimenu II Dam Project, Thwake Dam and Mwache Dam among many others,” the CS said.
The Northern Collector Tunnel which is said to be an example of iconic tunnel innovations in the region, is expected to contribute immensely to bridging the water gap in the country’s capital, Nairobi.
However, CS Chelugui said Kenya needs o develop a focused policy framework on the underground space planning, use and management that will ensure water reaches all parts of the country.
“To attain universal access by the year 2030, the country requires to invest Ksh 1.754 trillion meaning every financial year the sector needs Ksh 100 billion of which only about Ksh 45billion is available largely through donor funding,” he said.
Some of the challenges facing the water sector in the country which need to be addressed as a matter of priority include diminishing water resources, low funding, high Non-Revenue Water and governance.
NAIROBI- Ecobank Kenya on Saturday donated foodstuff and equipment to orphans and children living with disabilities at the Songa Mbele na Masomo Children Centre in Nairobi’s Mukuru Slums.
In the spirit of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Ecobank Kenya's staff spent time sharing meals and putting smiles onto the faces of the children.
The yearly event is dubbed ‘Ecobank Day’ and has seen Ecobank dedicate to charity activity across its network of 33 countries in Africa in the past six years.
During the event, Ecobank Kenya head of operations and technology for Central, Eastern and Southern Africa Didier Yobou said the institution aims to improve lives of communities and enhance the well-being of vulnerable children in the society.
“At Ecobank, we believe in making a change in the lives of our communities through improved childcare,” he said.
Adding that, “ Such children (in orphanages and those living with disabilities) are less likely to socialize with their peers but are rather, at a young age, forced to develop negative survival strategies.”
Ecobank donated special therapy seats, standing aids, sanitary equipment, dry foodstuff and clothing.
On her part, Sister Mary Killen, the director of Songa Mbele na Masomo Children Centre said such initiatives will go a long way in making life better for the children.
“We appreciate very much the assistance of Ecobank,” she said.
“It is wonderful that the staff will give their time on a Saturday to be with children living with disabilities in the Mukuru slums.”
Statistics from UNICEF and global partners indicate that there were about 140 million orphans globally in 2015 with 52 million of the figure being in Africa.
It is this population that Ecobank targets to reach in communities and countries where they operate.
In 2017, the 'Ecobank Day' was devoted to safe water, healthy living which resulted in construction of high capacity water storage tanks and refurbishment of classrooms at County Girls High School.
Murang'a South Water and Sanitation Company (MUSWASCO) was incorporated in 2008 and has been providing water and sanitation services to three sub-counties of Murang’a county namely: Kandara sub-county, Kigumo sub-county and Murang’a South sub-county.
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Lives of residents of Murang'a County have been transformed since the inception of transformed in Murang'a Water and Sanitation Company (MUWASCO) in 2006.
Muwasco aims to realize its expectation of being a world class water and sanitation service provider that exceeds customer expectation.
Watch the story of Muwasco in the video attached.
Locals tell of how Kahuti Water and Sanitation Company has successfully improved the supply of water in Kahuro and Kangema sub-counties in Murang'a County.
This the evidence of how Gatamathi Water and Sanitation Company has continued to provide clean and affordable water to the residents of Mathioya, Kangema and Kiharu Sub-Counties in Murang'a County