Message by the Chairman of the Board, Hon. Dr. Julius Kones
It is with great pleasure that I appreciate the good work done by the Corporation in the execution of her mandate as bestowed in the Water Act, 2002.
As you might be aware, Kenya is a water scarce country where water demand outstrips supply. Climate variability witnessed by the occurrence of floods and droughts has also made its contributions to the declining water resources as flood waters have not been effectively harnessed for use during droughts.
NWCPC is a key strategic driver in water infrastructure development and management in Kenya and beyond. In this respect, it is strategic to the success and complements the efforts of water institutions created by Water Act 2002, particularly in regard to water resources development and management as well as water service provision.
The Corporation, as a key player in water infrastructure development and management, has been strategic in the development of boreholes, flood control infrastructure, water pans, small dams and large dams. Nine years into the Water Sector reforms, the Corporation has contributed significantly to the socio-economic development of the country as it continues to embrace its mandate.
The introduction of Performance Contracts as the national management accountability framework in Kenya has helped the Corporation build its competitive advantage in performance as a public service institution. The Corporation did cascade performance contracts down to the Management level and this approach to provision of services has led to a remarkable transformation and improvement of the quality of services offered by our organization.
Indeed, the results of the previous Performance Contracts have seen the Corporation ranked with “very good” performance on the overall. I am pleased to report that the Corporation has largely been on target on most of its performance indicators and obtained commendation certificate from the Public Complaints Standing Committee secretariat.
In whatever we undertake, we give prominence to values of integrity, accountability and sustainability in our service delivery to ensure NWCPC remains a strong and credible institution.
As a Corporation, we will continue to aspire to excel as envisioned in our vision statement of being a world class institution in water infrastructure development and management. Prudent performance management and quality service delivery will be echeloned at all levels in the Corporation.
The Board of Directors provide effective leadership and good Corporate Governance are tenets that the organization must embrace. Further to this and as a public organization, the Board’s decisions are guided by the core principles prescribed in the Public Officers Ethics Act and the internal codes of conduct. We will continually strive to strengthen and sustain the trust the government, the water sector and the public have placed on us.
My Board has a mix of skills and experience which is continuously being harnessed by the management of the Corporation through various Board Committees in a responsible, transparent and accountable manner.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, Management and entire staff of the Corporation, I wish to restate our commitment to our mission of development and management of water infrastructure towards enhanced water security and storage for multi-purpose uses, mitigation of drought and flood effects in a sustainable manner.
I am confident that with the support of all our stakeholders, we shall continue to succeed in building and managing water infrastructure and serving the people of Kenya taking into account the fact that water is a basic human right in our new constitutional dispensation.
Finally, I wish to thank my fellow Directors of the Board, Management and Staff for their hard work, commitment, dedication and valuable contribution to NWCPC and to the water sector at large. I also thank the Government of Kenya and our stakeholders for their steadfast support.
Message by the Managing Director, Mr. Evans J W C Ngibuini, CPA (K)
Evidence shows that countries which have made major strides in their socio-economic development have made major investments in water infrastructure. In Kenya, the water sector will continue to play a major role in social and economic development given that all people in all sectors depend on water for various uses. Water availability and storage will then continue to be a key driver of development.
As the premier national water infrastructure developer and manager, National Water Conservation & Pipeline Corporation contributes to national development more specifically to water infrastructure development through construction of dams and water pans, dykes for flood control, state schemes for bulk water supply and boreholes development.
Demand for water storage have changed, increasing drastically due to not only increasing population estimated at around 40 million and climate change requirements but also to national and international development policies and needs including Vision 2030, MDGs, etc. NWCPC will therefore not only have to adapt to these changes but also reform and change faster so that it can provide world class leadership, be proactive and provide solutions on demand.
The Corporation, which is funded by the Government of Kenya, is undertaking the construction of 5No. large dams (Maruba, Umaa, Badasa, Kiserian and Chemususu). When completed, the dams will increase water storage capacity in Kenya by 21 million m3 and provide potable water to 1.089 million people.
Maruba, Kiserian and Chemususu are completed; Umaa dam in Kitui is at 69% completion while Badasa dam in Marsabit is at 71% completion level.
The Corporation is currently at the forefront of quality service delivery having been able to maintain the ISO 9001: 2008 certification from the Kenya Bureau of Standards. The Board of Directors together with staff have been inducted into ISO requirements through awareness training. The continued maintenance of this certificate is a strong statement that NWCPC has embraced ISO requirements.
Notably, we have continued to experience a surplus in our financial performance which is an indicator of good financial health. This was as a result of commendable creditors’ management as well as financial prudence. The Corporation has also entered into an agreement with Kenya Commercial Bank and introduced electronic transfer of payments to our suppliers making time for payments more effective.
NWCPC has been implementing its client service delivery charter and also developed a Board charter and five Committees of the Board charters to guide the operations of the Board of Directors which are important milestones at the governance level of the Corporation.
In conclusion, we recognize the value other water sector institutions contribute to our success. We strive to improve on our operations and effectively execute our strategies where employee wellness, quality service delivery, environmental friendliness and corporate governance remain a priority.
I appreciate the efforts and hard work of all the staff and stakeholders.