H.E. Governor Joshua Irungu, EGH presided over this year's World Water Day celebration themed ''leveraging water for peace'' at Naibor town in Segera Ward.
World Water Day is commemorated annually on March 22nd to raise awareness about the significance of water resources and the need for sustainable management, ensuring equitable access to safe, affordable and clean water for all.
In line with the theme "Leveraging Water for Peace," the event provided a platform for stakeholders reflection on the linkages of water, peace, and security, particularly in Laikipia, a semi-arid county that has for so long grappled with water shortage escalated by the effects of climate change.
Speaking at the event, the county chief highlighted milestone achieved by the county government to expand access to water and initiative to enhance water security.
"Sustainable management of water resources is key for peace and stability for development to take place," Governor Irungu stated.
"In Laikipia, we are drilling boreholes to improve access to clean and safe water for domestic and livestock use," he added.
The CECM Water, Environment, Natural Resources, and Climate Change, Ms. Leah, Njeri highlighted her department's efforts in water management, which include the decision to establish Laikipia Rural Water and Sanitation Company (LURWASCO) charged with efficient water governance in rural areas.
The chief guest and CEO of the Central Rift Valley Water Works Development Agency, Mr. Ndiritu Mathenge praised the importance of leveraging water as a catalyst for economic development, in line with the bottom-up agenda that charts a path towards a sustainable and harmonious future for all.
Among activities to mark the day included launch of a report on citizens' access to water, sanitation, and hygiene services across Laikipia, presented by Dr. James Ciera, the Kenya Country lead, Twaweza East Africa.
The report comes in handy and will aid in the ongoing effort to improve water and sanitation services within Laikipia.
Twaweza East Africa is a non-governmental organization that runs Sauti za Wananchi, a research program through leverage computer-assisted telephonic interviews to gather scientifically reliable data on citizens' views and feedback.
Present were Secretary to the State Department of Tourism Dr. John Chumo, CECM Agriculture Mr. Dennis Kasoo, CO Water, Environment, Natural Resources, and Climate Change. Mr. Samuel Abraham Lemanyishoe, CO Governor's Office, Mr. Stephen Lapian, Areas MCA Hon. Salim Edung, Nominated MCA Hon. Amina Leila Hussein, as well as representatives from the ministries of interior (WRUA, MKWEP, KWS, Fauna & Flora, Listen Project, Element Access, Laikipia Wildlife Forum, Ng'arisha Mtaa, NDMA, Kenya Redcross), and community members.

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