By Spy Uganda
The Minister for Water and Environment Sam Cheptoris on Tuesday inaugurated four new National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) Board members during a function held at the NWSC IREC building in Bugolobi, Kampala.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Cheptoris expressed joy towards the excellent service delivery levels and the management of NWSC.
“I’m extremely happy with the performance of NWSC and I appreciate the strategic guidance the previous board has offered to the management team. I implore you to work towards serving more Ugandans as we work towards access to safe water for all.” The Minister said.
He called upon the new board members to use the previous success stories of the outgoing board as a foundation for exemplary performance and new frontiers at the corporation.
“Nothing was illegal about the recruitment process of the new board members as I have read in some media reports. The term of the chairperson and Vice Chair are still running until mid this year. We followed a very rigorous vetting process to select the other new board members,” he added.
NWSC Board chairman Dr.Eng Christopher Ebal welcomed the new board members. He appreciated the Minister for exercising his mandate under the Water Act to constitute new board members for business continuity at NWSC.
On behalf of the board, he reiterated their commitment to provide policy and strategic guidance to NWSC management.
Eng. Ebal called upon the new Board of Directors to accustom themselves with the legal framework, exercise team work, tolerance, equitable and be inclusive when implementing policies, efficient and effective in their mandate.
NWSC Managing Director Dr. Eng Silver Mugisha applauded the previous board for the strategic leadership, oversight and policies that enabled the corporation achieve the following in the last 5 years;
•Increased connections from 270, 000 customers to 650,000
•Increased turn over from 150B to 445B
•NWSC used to extend 80kms of water mains each F/Y. The company now lays 2800kms per year.
•Surplus for reinvestment has increased from 38B to now 96B
•Total network length was 6500kms. It is now 18000kms
•Asset base from 650B to now 3.1Trillion.
According to Dr. Silver, the NWSC Act mandates the board as a policy making body of NWSC which provides oversight to the MD and the management team.
He shared that the outgoing board in quorum approved the Corporate plan, Strategic Direction, Budgets, Performance contracts with GoU among other policy documents which have enabled the corporation achieve exceptional results.
“Service Delivery is a moving target! As we implement projects, the population keeps growing and hence increased demand for services.
The corporation is working towards 100% access to clean water and sewerage services for all, significantly contribute towards protection of the environment and CSR initiatives.” he added.
The NWSC Board of Directors
1.Board Chairman Dr.Eng Christopher Ebal
- Vice Chair- Mrs Ruth Kanyarunju
3.Rt. Col Stephen Mwesige Basaliza- Board Member
4.Onyiru Sarah- Board Member
5.Runge George Muzungyo- Board Member
6.Racheal Kiconco Mbabazi
- Mrs Faridah Mpiima Mayanja-Board Member
- Dr. Eng Silver Mugisha- MD
- Edith Kateete- Deputy Managing Director Board Affairs/Corporation Secretary