The Minister for Water and Environment, Sam Cheptoris, has inaugurated four new National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) Board members at the institution’s IREC building in Bugolobi.
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,” he said.
He called upon the new board members to use the previous success stories of the outgoing board as a foundation for exemplary performance.
“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 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 and exercise team work when implementing their mandate.
NWSC MD Dr. Eng Silver Mugisha applauded the previous board for the strategic leadership, oversight and policies that enabled the corporation achieve their milestones in the last 5 years.
NWSC has in recent years witnessed
increased connections from 270, 000 customers to 650,000 and increased turn over from Shs 150bn to Shs 445bn.
NWSC used to extend 80kms of water mains each financial year. The company now lays 2800kms per year.
The surplus funds for reinvestment have increased from Shs 38bn to now Shs 96bn.
The total network length which was 6500 kilometers has been extended to 18000kms.
Officials say the asset base has grown from Shs 650bn to now Shs 3.1tn.
According to Dr Mugisha, the law 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 Government of Uganda 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 as hence 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.
NWSC Board of Directors
1.Board Chairman Dr.Eng Christopher Ebal
2. 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
7. Mrs Faridah Mpiima Mayanja-Board Member
8. Dr. Eng Silver Mugisha- MD
9. Edith Kateete- Deputy Managing Director Board Affairs/Corporation Secretary