I am calling on the National Government and development agencies to support Counties in conservation and targeted development projects which enhance their capacity to continue providing products and services that are enablers of national development, His Excellency Governor (Dr.) Moses Kiarie Badilisha has told the 9th Ordinary Summit of the Council of Governors and the President at Naivasha held this afternoon.
Adding that Nyandarua is a critical water supplying County to the region, Governor Badilisha asked the summit to consider immediate interventions that will address conservation and rehabilitation of critical water ecosystems like the Aberdares and Lake Olboloosat “whose benefits are regional, and where millions of people and livestock depend on it. What we are witnessing must provoke us into serious action not just to save the lake and forest, but also livelihoods and millions of animals, including wildlife, depending on these threatened towers.”
Calling the current situation “an unprecedented environmental catastrophe”, the County Head asked for a “refocusing of our efforts to deal with these unfolding climate change effects. And this calls for deeper investments in preservation and conservation of our natural habitats.”
On value addition, Governor Badilisha requested for collaborative investments in agro-processing in sectors like dairy, Irish potatoes, fish and “partnerships that wean our farming from rain-fed agriculture to one which is climate smart and irrigation driven.”
The summit was presided over by the President, His Excellency William Ruto and attended by his Deputy Rigathi Gachagua, Cabinet Secretaries and all Governors from across the country.