Wajir governor warns against unlicensed excavation of dams and drilling of boreholes

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Wajir county Governor Mohamed Abdi Mohamud has warned companies from conducting any unlicensed business in the county.

The Governor said that he was appalled by the increased illegal drilling of new boreholes and excavation of dams conducted by private companies without adhering to the set regulations.

He said that this has largely contributed to global warming hence causing drought.

Speaking during a county steering committee meeting held at ICT Hall, the Governor has said that private companies willing to do business must get the nod of the County and National  Environment Management Authority (NEMA)

“…This is causing environmental degradation and it should stop, private companies must get licences from the county and NEMA,” said Abdi.

The county boss has also suggested that the creation of new settlements to be put to halt in order to reduce the mushrooming of settlements in the county.

Abdirahman Ali Hassan, former Wajir senator has also echoed on the same saying that the new centres coming up is unimaginable and will hinder any support that would have been offered by the county or donors during this crisis .

“…How do you support over 3000 settlements in Wajir, some as small as ten houses, “ said Mr. Abdirahman.

As part of a drought mitigation measures, the county government has purchased an emergency food and non- food items targeting 42,000 households across all the wards and started mass Livestock vaccination exercise with the support of KCSAP.

The county has also been doing water tracking to 115 centres for the last six months.

In a bid to ensure that the current boreholes are operational, the county government has also set up a 24/7 standby mobile unit that is tasked to attend to any borehole breakdown.

Abdi has said that reducing the impact caused by drought requires the efforts of broad range of  stakeholders appealing to the national government, partners and other international donors to come to the aid of the residents of Wajir in order to combat the ravaging drought.

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