Stakeholders involved in development in Turkana West have been advised to build better collaboration to ensure smooth implementation of programmes.
Speaking when he chaired a meeting between representatives of World Food Programme (WFP) and Turkana West leaders today at the County Headquatres, Deputy Governor Peter Lotethiro insisted that the County Government was keen to ensure there was improved relations between partner organisations working in Turkana, including all the UN Agencies, and the local community.
The meeting called to address emerging issues in WFP operations in the sub-county brought, together Turkana West leaders including Member of Parliament Daniel Epuyo, all Members of County Assembly from the region, WFP Country Director Annalisa Conte, and senior County Government Officials led by County Secretary Peter Eripete.
DG Lotethiro urged for a coordinated approach in solving conflicts that arise, involving all stakeholders, including the local community, humanitarian organisations and its partners, local leaders, the County and National governments.
The DG commended WFP for the 27 years it had worked in Turkana, implementing projects that had touched the lives of many people and assured of the County Government support to ensure the organisation’s programmes run without hindrance. He proposed a structured flow information to manage causes of conflict that arise from breakdown in communication channels.
To promote local companies’ access to contracts from development organisations, the DG said support was needed to grow the capacity of these companies to compete for contracts.
MP Epuyo asked WFP for opportunities for the local community, including jobs and tenders, adding that perceptions of lack of these opportunities was partly to blame for conflicts that arise. He The MP said the community of Turkana West had showed its readiness to support the work of humanitarian organisations due to the high number of such organisations based in the region.
CS Eripete said that all UN agencies had a critical role in the successful implementation of Kalobeyei Integrated Socio-Economic Development Program’ (KISDEP), a flagship project launched last December.
On her part, Ms. Conte agreed that WFP and Turkana had enjoyed long collaboration that the organization wished will continue. She revealed that Turkana County was a priority to WFP in the five-year plan presented before the Executive Board and promised for more engagements to solve issues that could impact on its implementation.
Others who spoke were County Executives Charles Lokiyoto (Public Service and Disaster Management), Emathe Namuar (Water Services), Chris Aletia (Agriculture, Pastoral Economy and Fisheries), Patrick Losike (Education) and Esther Lokwei (Lands), Chief of Staff Ekuwam Nakiporo, Senior Advisor on Security and Borderlines Initiatives Cpt. (Rtd) Augustine Lokwang’ and Turkana West sub-county administrator Esther Kiyonga.