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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                             15/1/2015



Turkana County Government has today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Lundin Foundation; a Canadian social investment organisation based in Kenya to revive and capacity-build the Lodwar Youth Polytechnic.

The signing was done at the office of the Governor to mark the start of the implementation process of the project and the collaboration between Turkana County Government and the Lundin Foundation.

The Governor of Turkana H.E Josphat Nanok at the signing of the MOU registered his appreciation to the Lundin Foundation.

‘’As a county we are happy that we can now cement the talks we started a while ago with an agreement. I truly appreciate the Lundin Foundation for coming in to support us in the area of building skills’’, Said Nanok.

Nanok said the partnership has come at the right time when the County is grappling with low levels of education.

The regional head of the Lundin Foundation, Charlotte Ward said she wants to raise the standards education at Lodwar Youth Polytechnic.

“The Lundin Foundation is excited to be working with the County Government and in coordination with the Ministry of Education, to enable the Lodwar Youth Polytechnic to deliver the highest standard of technical qualifications. Capacity development, advancing curriculum standards and teacher training are critical aspects of this program. We hope this partnership will set a great example for developing skills training in Kenya.” said Charlotte.

‘’Indeed I am excited to be part of this team and I can’t wait to see the results. We want to raise the standards of Lodwar Polytechnic to the highest national and even international standards’’ Charlotte added.

The Minister for Education, Margaret Kuchal praised the Foundation and offered support in the project execution.

‘’I thank the Lundin Foundation for their patience until such a time now when we are signing the MOU. I want to assure you of our support throughout the partnership’’, said Kuchal.

The Lundin Foundation is working with Africa Oil to bridge the skills gap in Turkana in order for youth to benefit from the opportunities related to a growing business sector.

“This public-private partnership will advance education and training to match the growing demand for skills in Turkana, as well as create benefits through local content and skills transfer in the construction and training components. It is one among the various empowerment initiatives being undertaken by Tullow and Africa Oil JV partnership in the county”, said Donald Mahaga, Africa Oil’s General Manager.

Neo Africa Consulting Ltd, an education consultancy and management firm, is running the construction phase and will be opening the public tender in Lodwar for the procurement of goods, services and supplies. A skills transfer program is also being developed during the construction phase to bring a further benefit to Turkana before the new facilities open.

The signing of the MOU was done by the regional head of Lundin Foundation, Charlotte Ward and the County Secretary, Mr. Peter Eripete and witnessed by the Governor, H.E Josphat Nanok, the MP for Turkana Central, Hon. John Nakara Lodepe and the Minister for Education, Hon. Margaret Kuchal and other staff in the office of the Governor.



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