Following the successful completion of a six weeks experiential leadership and command course training, Turkana County government sub-county administrators and a section of ward administrators were commissioned to service in a colorful event that was held at the county headquarters. The administrators obtained this course at The Administration Police Training College in Meru.
Hon. Governor Josphat Nanok presided over the event which also involved the launch of the administrators’ official uniform. The governor praised the administrators for undertaking their duties well from the period they were hired to serve despite having little training on administration.
“Feedback from the public on your work has been encouraging, your performance has exceeded the expectations we had of you. The remaining administrators who have not yet undergone training will get the training but in a way that service delivery to the public will not be interrupted,” said the Governor.
The County Secretary, Peter Eripete, raised that the training was necessary to induct the officers into administration because most of them had been recruited from different professions. Adding to this the County Executive Ministry of Public Service, Decentralized Administration and Deserter Management (PSDADM), Charles Lokioto said the training the administrators had undergone and the official attire was to bring uniformity and discipline among the administrators while discharging their duties.
The county government has built 30 ward offices, equipped them with solar power and is in the process of establishing the ward offices as centres of devolution at the ward levels. The ministry of PS, DA & DM will carry out an assessment and inspection of Kibish ward office and site visit of proposed construction of Kibish Sub-county office which is the first of its kind to be built in the county.
In his closing remarks, Governor Nanok asked County government employees to be faithful in their duties and not to be derailed by politics in discharging their duties as the country enters the electioneering period. He congratulated doctors and nurses working in Turkana and the Turkana County Ministry of Health and Sanitation for an agreement that kept the health workers at work throughout the three months doctors strike in the country. Had the doctors downed their tools, Turkana residents who are among those most hit by the ongoing drought in the country would have suffered.
The function was graced by Turkana County Commissioner Stephen Ikua, who told the administrators that the new attire and the training had given them additional responsibility as well as public scrutiny on their actions and asked them to remember that they are ambassadors of the county government.
Also present at the function were CEC Education Margaret Kuchal, CEC Health Jane Ajele, CEC Roads Augustin Logiron, Chief Officers and other county government officers.