A joint capacity assessment workshop between Turkana County Government (TCG) and the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) at UNICEF Offices in Lodwar ended today.
The workshop was aimed at analyzing data collected using the Capacity Assessment Tool for Infrastructure (CAT-I).
CAT-I is a tool developed by UNOPS and used to assess infrastructure in entities like governments in terms of Planning, delivery and management .
UNOPS and TCG began the assessment in February 2018 and have carried it forward through a series of meetings in Nairobi and Lodwar. The assessment has focused on the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, and Public Works, with the Department of Finance and Economic Planning being involved through its planning input.
This assessment is the first of its kind in Africa and specifically Turkana County in Kenya.
The UNOPS team at the workshop included analysts from the UNOPS headquarters in Copenhagen, who have been supporting the analysis with technical input. This team was led by Engineer Steven Crosskey from Denmark and UNOPS Country Director Rainer Frauenfeld. County team included Chief officer Public Works Eng. Emmanuel Ekai Ekeno, Director Public Works Eng. Kennedy Obongo, Director Procurement Reuben Ekai Ebei, Director Economic Planning Richard Emoru, Deputy Director Economic planning, Victor Lekaram and architect David Mogikoyo.
Today, the UNOPS team was able to meet with Deputy Governor (DG) Peter Lotethiro, County Secretary (CS) Peter Eripete, Minister Robert Loteleng’o from the Department of Finance and Minister Benson Lokwang’ from the Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport and Public Works, at the County Headquarters where they
presented their key findings and recommendations from the assessment.
At the meeting, the DG expressed his support for the UNOPS initiative in supporting local expertise in matters of infrastructure, procurement and planning and underscoring the operations and maintenance of infrastructure.
The CS applauded the work done by UNOPS in the county and asked for more support in mentoring County local young engineers especially in hands on technical skills enhancement.
Minister Loteleng’o envisioned the use of the latest technology like Geographical Information System (GIS) to monitor projects on real time.
On the other hand, Minister Benson Lokwang assured UNOPS of the County support and emphasized on the need of observing infrastructure construction standards and stated that the county through the Ministry of Infrastructure and Public Works is constructing an Infrastructure material testing lab for quality standards.
The assessment team also visited some of the TCG’s projects (New County headquarters building, Governor’s residence), courtesy of the Department of Infrastructure Transport and Public works.
Through the completion of this capacity assessment, UNOPS will be able to support TCG as it works to strengthen its operations and partnerships with development partners and deliver its development vision for Turkana County.
UNOPS has also supported the county in various projects like construction of Kangatotha, Lowarengak and Kerio health centres and the construction of the New maternity ward at Lodwar County referral hospital.