NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 3 – Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero on Tuesday inaugurated the new board for the Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company (NCWSC) with a call for the members to improve connectivity of water to all residents.
Speaking at City Hall, Kidero urged the 12 member board to exercise due diligence in increasing revenue collection from metered connections after it was revealed that a lot of revenue is lost as a result of non collection of funds.
He also emphasised the need for more water connectivity and provision in informal settlements at an affordable rate as they are the most affected by lack of water.
“In our memos and articles of association, the chairman is always elected by the board members after they have been inaugurated at the first board meeting. We are however putting a structure in place to ensure that the person who has been elected will be the person with the necessary knowledge, skill and experience to lead in a manner that will deliver the objectives we set in place,” he said.
He pointed out that arrangements have been made to ensure that the board members understood their roles clearly.
“With immediate effect, we are going to get you to know the organisation and in a week’s time, there will be an induction workshop and various executive directors will give presentations and show you what is required to be an effective board director,” he said.
“We will expect that you will set up your agenda in line with the operational plan and on the same day you will have the opportunity to elect your own chairman but they will be structured, not just anybody will be elected.”
“There will be criteria that will be set that one needs to fulfil to be elected as a chairman. The people who qualify are the ones who will participate in the process of election. I have been in the private sector for a long time and I want to bring the work ethos to the board.”
While expressing gratitude at his appointment, board member Timothy Muriuki indicated that the board’s main focus will be to increase the supply of water in the county.
“The most important thing for us is to make lives for Nairobi residents better and as you know, water is a very important component in life and so our agenda is to ensure that we increase the supply so as to reduce the deficit of water in the county,” he stated.
The company has an independent board of 12 directors constituting of professionals drawn from private sector organisations, the NGO sector and the county government.
The appointment comes at a time when NCWSC plans to increase the cost of water. It has asked the Water Services Regulatory Board for authority to increase water tariffs in the city.
The Nairobi water firm serves more than 600,000 customers.