Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) will be part of a consortium of institutions that will work with UN Habitat to spearhead waste management in Kiambu County. The pilot project, modeled on the Japanese Fukuoka University’s technology application on solid and liquid waste management, will be the first of its kind in Africa.
Speaking during a consultative meeting at JKUAT Main Campus, Juja, Tuesday, February 10, the UN Habitat’s Regional Director (Africa) Ms. Axumite Gebre Egziabher, emphasized on the need to work as partners.
Ms. Axumite noted that time had come for deployment of new technology to eliminate the menace of wastes in a way that would foster socio-economic wellbeing of the host community.
The UN Habitat Director said her agency was glad to partner with the universities such as JKUAT in order to give the best to the stakeholders.
JKUAT Vice Chancellor Prof. Mabel Imbuga while welcoming the initiative reiterated that the university was ready to work with Kiambu County, UN Habitat and Fukuoka University in addressing waste management challenges by leveraging on the institution’s strength in diverse areas such as technology transfer. She urged the project stakeholders to include a training component aimed at developing human capacity for the sustainability of the project.
The Kiambu County Executive in charge of Water, Environment and Natural Resources, Ms. Esther W. Njuguna said, the County Government was ready to work with JKUAT having signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2014.
Ms. Njuguna said: “The waste management technology is a new area and there is high interest to learn, share and implement various aspects of the pilot project for the benefit of the county.”
Others who addressed the meeting that was attended by staff from UN Habitat, Kiambu County Government, Fukuoka University, and JKUAT, included experts working on the pilot project: Prof. Yasushi Matsufuji (Fukuoka University) and Prof Alfred Mayabi (JKUAT) among others.
The UN Habitat and Kiambu County Government are working on the pilot project with experts from UN Habitat, and Fukuoka University. Upon successful implementation of the pilot project, it will be rolled out to other counties in Kenya and other African countries. The project is being supported by the UN Habitat with funding from various donors.