|Some of the Vehicles purchased by the Natural Resource Management Project (NRM) for field operations|
|The NRM Project Manager Mr. Yakhama Iganji flags off the vehicles|
Natural Resource Management Project Manager, Mr. Yakhama Iganji on Tuesday 4th October 2011, flagged off 6 vehicles at the headquarters in Karura headed for various field offices.
The Forest Zonal Managers of Mt. Elgon, Bungoma, West Pokot, Keiyo and Kirinyaga will each receive one pickup. The Nissan pickups are well built for rough terrain with a sitting capacity of 13 persons.
Mr Iganji, stressed the role the vehicles would play in strengthening the activities of field officers as they endeavor to reach out to the communities around the forests. “These cars will strengthen field teams in terms of working with the community”, he said.
One saloon car will remain at the headquarters to assist procurement and accounting staff undertake their duties. Speaking at the flagging off ceremony, Mr Iganji stated that this would not be the last batch of cars and that NRM will utilize more resources to purchase more vehicles to increase efficiency. NRM has in the last 3 years purchased 64 cars.
The Forests Act (2005) requires that the Service partner with forest communities in forest management and conservation. NRM is thus working to actualise this provision by engaging the people in forest initiatives.
Mr. Iganji expressed gratitude to the KFS Management, the Government through the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife and the World bank for ensuring that the project is being implemented smoothly.
Story by Angela Wairimu, pictures by Mike Muratha