County Government of Kisumu, through the directorate of Environment, and Natural Resources today signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Biogas International Limited on waste management, recycling and environmental conservation.
The collaboration underscores the parties shared efforts to pilot an integrated model on solid waste management, recycling and environmental protection within Ahero market, which if successful will be replicated across all the sub counties within Kisumu.
Ahero is a growing town with constant waste generation that has become a source of pollution to the environment. Waste generated per day is about 1.5 to 2 tons out of which 80% is organic while about 10% being non-biodegradable which makes it suitable for the pilot program.
The MOU further seeks to leverage a comparative advantage to support lucrative and sustainable entrepreneurship in the line of value addition among the youths, through effective use of waste as a resource to make products such as fertilizers, biogas from organic waste and makiga interlocking bricks from non-biodegradable wastes for economic growth and for job creation.
The Signing of the MOU took place with a nod from Kisumu Governor, Professor Nyong’o presided over by the County Secretary Mr. Godffrey Kegochi, CEC Member for Water, Climate Change, Environment and Natural Resources, Mr. Salmon Orimba, CEC Member for Lands, Housing and Urban Development Mr. Dixon Obungu and the CEO Biogas International Limited Mr. Dominic Kahumba.
Witnessed by: The area MCA Hon. Ken Ooko, Sub county Administrator for Nyando Dr. Samuel Oron, Ahero Ward Administrator, George Amimo, Chief Officer Lands, Housing and Urban Development Mr. Geofrey Ochieng, Chief Officer Environment and Natural Resources, Maryline Agwa, Director Environment, Mr. Ken Koyooh, and Director Climate Change, Mr. Evans Gichana among other invited guests.
By Emily Mikwa