Governor Josphat Nanok has said the county government is committed to see the Lake Turkana zone beaches be our tourists destination and revenue earner.
The county government, he said, will endeavour to invest more in the promotion of beaches along the lake like Eliye springs to attract both international and local tourists to invest in the hospitality industry.
Speaking at Eliye springs kangatotha ward when he launched fibre glass boats distribution to the fishermen, the Governor stressed for the need of the local community to modernize facilities to boost fish trading along the lake zone to boost their income.
He told the lake zone community to engineer on better means on how to attract investors who will flourish their economy and minimize poverty levels that will later on trickle to the rest of the county.They were also told to make better use of the boats and purpose to gain more income for their families.There are about 150 whitesand beaches along the lake that will make Turkana county a tourists destination if better infrastructure is put in place.
The Governor revealed that the next phase of this ambitious projection will be the cage fishing which will largely benefit the fishing community through increased fishing harvesting.This will be coupled with provision of fish coolers for preservation.
The coolers will enable people to preserve fish to reach their desired markets that include Nairobi, Kisumu, Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo among other markets to avoid wastage.
He cautioned those who will venture into cage fishing to do proper mapping and ensure to spare enough space for tourists swimming and holidaying.They should endeavor to make fishing easy and profitable to the locals.
Governor Nanok took the opportunity to urge the turkana people to fully participate during the national next year August Census telling them to dedicate that day for the count.This exercise,he said will be key determinant of how resources will be shared nationally.The national cake sharing will depend on the population and people should make it a priority on that day.
He called on enumeration clerks to ensure all people in our county are counted by going to the villages and especially to the far areas of the county.
Also present were members of the county Assembly led by the chairman of the committee on Agriculture, Pastrol Economy and Fisheries David Erukudi and County top officials led by County Secretary Peter Eripete