Prof. Colletta Suda (Right) listens to the Secretary of Geo-Exploration Mr. John Omenge (left) as he explained the plans by the Ministry of Energy to increase power generation through renewable energy sources. Principle Secretary Eng. Joseph Njoroge (middle) introduced Prof. to the Ministry’s top management.
By Moses Nyandika
The Ministry of Energy has identified strategic initiatives that will be implemented to enable the realization of the big four pillars for economic growth envisaged by the government.
The big four pillars prioritized for economic growth by the government are food security, affordable housing, manufacturing and affordable healthcare
Energy Principal Secretary Eng. Joseph Njoroge said his ministry was working towards achieving competitively priced electricity to facilitate irrigation farming, value addition to agricultural produce besides ensuring constant supply of power to industries and health institutions.
“We have identified strategic areas to work on to ensure that energy, being an enabler service to every sector of the economy is availed at low costs,” said Eng. Njoroge as he addressed a meeting of the top managers of the Ministry who met at his office boardroom to welcome the new Chief Administrative Secretary to the Ministry and Principal Secretary of Renewable Energy, Prof. Collette Akoth Suda.
Prof. Suda, a renowned researcher in the areas of gender, family studies, social change and sustainable rural development moves from the State Department for University Education where she served as the Principal Secretary.
The Statement Department of Energy was split into the State department Energy and State Department of Renewable Energy by President Uhuru Kenyatta when he announced his new structure of government. The State Department of Petroleum was merged with the Ministry of Mining.
Prof. Suda takes over at the helm of the State Department of Renewable Energy at a time the Ministry of Energy is poised to roll out Kenya Off-Grid Solar Access Project (K-OSAP) to benefit households, public and community institutions, enterprises and community facilities that cannot access electricity through the national grid.
K-OSAP which will be implemented in partnership between the Ministry of Energy and World Bank, targets to provide clean energy to an estimated 690,000 Kenyans in 14 underserved counties.
Prof. Suda described the energy sector as critical in the development of the country and urged ministry officials to work together to ensure that Kenya attains universal access to electricity.