May 18, 2022

Environment CS Tobiko inaugurate the New NEMA Board


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Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko today inaugurated the new National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA)Board.
The CS asked them to embrace the symbiotic working relationship between NEMA and other State agencies in the Ministry.
He noted that other state agencies in the Ministry complement each other while serving their respective roles and mandate.
The CS told them to desist from board room meetings and engage with communities to ensure the implementation of the NEMA mandate of supervising and coordinating all environmental matters in the country.
He directed the new board to ensure that the specific Presidential directives are effected immediately.
The specific Presidential directives to NEMA included the enforcement of the ban of single-use plastics and carrier bags, enforcement of the ban of all single-use plastics in forests, beaches, game parks and public recreational areas.
Other directives are the incorporation of environmental education including climate change into schools learning strategies and curriculum.
The President further gave a firm directive to ensure those responsible for pollution of the Nairobi River and all its tributaries from source to the end are firmly dealt with following the law.
“Familiarise yourselves with the Environmental Management and Co-ordination Act (EMCA) and Climate Change issues as you embark on your new appointment,” the CS told the new board members.
Under EMCA, the CS said that NEMA has a statutory overarching coordinating function between the National Government and the Devolved units.
The CS congratulated the new appointees and assured them of the Ministry’s support in their assignments. He expressed his confidence in the new appointees stating that it was done due to their competence and skills.
The new board members are John Konchellah Chairman, Shanu B Abudho, Dr Lul Abdiwahid, Samson Nyangeso and Charles Mulila.
Also, present during the inauguration were, Joel Kitili the Secretary of Administration and NEMA Director-General Mamo Boru.

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