The Provincial Commissioner Nairobi Mr. Njoroge Ndirangu today officially launched the 2nd Circle of The Monthly Nationwide Clean-up Campaign at Huruma Sports Grounds by calling for greater coordination in efforts that are aimed at Environmental Management.
R-L; Cllr Wanjohi, DC Mr. Gachichio, Mr. Ndirangu PC Nairobi, Mr. Muraya. Mr. Odhiambo and DO Mr. Omoke
In a function that was attended by 137 groups from Huruma and around, the Starehe DC Mr. Benjamin Gachichio, Mathare DO Mr. Gerald Omoke, an Administrative Officer from the PC's office Ms Rhoda Otieno, Director of Environment at the City Council of Nairobi Mr. Isaac Muraya, area Councilor Mr. George Wanjohi, Chairman Nyayo Embakasi Residents Association Mr. George Ochola and Assistant Directors at CCN, many Ward Managers and senior Officers from the Council, the PC did appreciate the efforts that have been put in place to help mobilize Kenyans to join in the Monthly Clean-up Campaigns.
Noting that our Constitution has now put lots of emphasis on a clean and safe neighbourhoood, he invited the residents of Nairobi to join hands and help in managing the garbage and waste that we generate. He noted that we generate 2,000 tonnes of waste daily against the 800 tonnes that the City Council can manage. This means that we are generating 1,200 more tonnes of waste that end up clogging our roads and drainage systems.
This calls for some radical shifts in our attitude.
Because of this, he indicated that he will be calling a Consultative Forum for all players in the Environmental Management Sector to plan how our efforts can be well coordinated and facilitated with an aim of supporting the Youth and Women Groups which have formed themselves to help in this area.
The PC then presented 100 Certificates of Appreciation to the first 100 of the 137 Groups that took part in today's event.
Earlier the area DC Mr, Gachichio had called on the residents to maintain peace even as they approach the next election.
The Director of Environment Mr. Muraya noted that we helped to pick and collect litter that was transported in 22 tracks of lorries. He said the operation to help Clean Huruma had started very early when the Council trucks and Tippers rolled along Juja Road to remove the mounds of garbage that had remained unattended to for long. He praised the partnership that the Council had entered into with the residents of Nairobi and invited the residents to join the Council every 3rd Saturday of the Month in the voluntary Clean-up Exercises.
The Area Councilor Mr.Wanjohi said he will lobby his colleagues to take the Clean-up Exercises more seriously. He was impressed with the attendance and promised to join in all the subsequent Clean-ups every Month.
Residents responding to The Clean-up Call
In all, we had a good launch. We want to thank all the groups that attended the official Launch of the 2nd Circle of The Monthly Nationwide Clean-up Campaign at the Huruma Estate today. We want to thank the Provincial Commissioner Mr. Njoroge Ndirangu for making time to come and join us in this exercise amidst his very tight schedules. We want to thank the area DC Mr. Gachichio, area DO Mr. Omoke, DO from the PC's office Ms Otieno and all the Provincial Administration Officers who helped make todays event the success that it was.
We want to thank the City Council of Nairobi, the Director of Environment and his team, the area Councilor, all the Ward Managers and the Council employees who attended and the One Stop Youth Resource Centre for your active support and participation.
We want to thank the Public Service Transformation Department for having supported all our 3 Consultative Forums in Komarock, Nyayo Embakasi and Huruma Estates. We also want to thank them for supporting the placement of a Supplement about the Clean-up Launch on the 13th October 2011 in the Daily Nation and for providing us with 200 Tshirts that used today.
We also want to thank the Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources for giving us their support towards the launch. We will provide their list shortly.
The PC presenting Certificates of Participation to the group leaders.
We also want to thank the Wildlife Clubs of Kenya for providing us with the seedlings that we planted today at the Huruma Sports Grounds. Lastly, we want to thank Mr. Dan Juma of Global Peace Youth Corps who sent us Kshs 3,000.00 to help top up the PA and Sound System payments.
Thank you very much.
And as the Coordinators of this event, we had a few observations which we want toshare with the public;
- There will be need for greater financial support and commitment from our Partners to help address logistical issues such as mobilization, communications, transport, PA and Sound, provision of Tents, Chairs and some refreshments, video and still photography coverage and entertainment.
- There will also be greater need to bring together all actors in the environmental sector during such events to help have some clear focus, and
- There will be even more greater need to start partnering with the media houses during such campaigns.
Otherwise, on behalf of The Consultative Team Members, I want to thank all those who made this day the huge success it was. Let us keep the fire burning and take stock of what will be facing us every Month in this Journey of Hope across Kenya.
Odhiambo T Oketch
The Monthly Nationwide Clean-up Campaign