The Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Program (NELSAP-CU) is pleased to welcome on board the new Regional Coordinator (RC) Dr. Eng. Isaac Alukwe who is replacing the outgoing acting Regional Coordinator Eng. Maro Andy Tola, whose six years term at NELSAP elapsed yesterday (31.10.2021) after he served with distinction, as the head of the Water Program and later as acting Regional Coordinator.
Dr. Eng. Alukwe, 48, is Kenyan and holds a PhD in Water Engineering from Virginia Tech. (USA) an MSc. in Hydro Science and Engineering from Dresden University of Technology (TU Dresden) Germany and a BSc. In Agricultural Engineering from University of Nairobi, Kenya. He brings with him over 20 years’ experience working in various countries including Germany, Kenya, Spain, South Sudan, USA and Zimbabwe and has been involved in capacity-building exercises of staff in those countries in the areas of hydrological and environmental modeling, and climate risk assessments including flood risk management. He has also conducted various research and published articles in several international journals.
Dr. Eng. Alukwe is the immediate former Water Minister of Busia County of Kenya, and was responsible for water affairs, irrigation, environment, natural resources, and climate change coordination. In that position, he managed resources worth over USD 18.5 million. Prior to that he was Dean, of the School of Engineering and Renewable Energies at Mount Kenya University (Kenya). He has coordinated stakeholders in resource mobilization and negotiation of USD 9.89 million from the African Development Bank (AfDB) for water projects and a further USD 1 million from the United States Government for water and sanitation.
Speaking during the series of handover events at La Palisse Hotel on the outskirts of Kigali city over the weekend of 29th-30th October 2021, the incoming RC said, “My first agenda will be to steer NELSAP to develop its five-year strategy, as this will impact on many things including resource mobilization.” “Equally I will immediately focus on successful completion of the 80MW transboundary Rusumo Project and also ensure that projects in the pipeline like the Akanyaru multipurpose project that will generate 14.5MW and supply water to over 600,000 people in Rwanda and Burundi, bears fruits.” “I know some of the issues are quite challenging, but when we put our heads together we shall succeed,” the incoming RC added.
NELSAP-CU is also pleased to welcome on board Mr. Wilfred Ojok, the Senior Economist, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, Mr. Damascene Kayiranga, the Kagera River Basin Officer and Eng. Terence Tumba, the Mara River Basin Officer. Mr. Ojok replaces Mr. Emmanuel D Chonza who successfully completed his six year term with NELSAP-CU while Eng. Tumba replaces Eng. John Situma who left NELSAP-CU upon attaining the NBI retirement age.