Water development key in Big Four Agenda implementation- Governor Nanok
National and County Governments have to jointly invest in development to improve water supply in the country in order to achieve the Big Four Agenda, Governor Josphat Nanok has said.
In his remarks at the Devolution Conference that kicked off today in Kirinyaga County, the Governor said attaining water sufficiency was critical due to the huge impact it would have on attaining the pillars of food security, affordable housing, manufacturing, and affordable healthcare.
He mentioned Turkana County where despite presence of huge underground water resources there has been little attention from the national government to develop the resource to boost irrigation agriculture and livestock production.
The Governor insisted that ASAL counties had the potential to contribute to attainment of food security in Kenya.
On fisheries, he decried the minimal attention that Lake Turkana received despite being the largest desert Lake in Kenya. He said the Lake as a blue economy could be harnessed for benefit of Turkana, Marsabit County and the country.
The Governor said Kenya would not have to import fish from China if water sources in the country are utilised through joint investment in fish farming.
He mentioned some of investment by the County Government to support the Turkana fisherfolk which include capacity building to reduce post-harvest losses and improvement fishing equipment.
The Governor urged the national government to boost physical security especially in Northern Kenya which have witnessed heightened insecurity that threatens development, and called for better support of counties and partners efforts in cross-border peace engagements.
To achieve affordable healthcare in Turkana, the Governor said the County Government’s strategy to improve community access to health services by supporting community health volunteers, had earned the county recognition as the best performing county in routine immunisation.
He further called for early spatial planning of urban centers along the LAPSSET corridor project to ensure there was value addition to the project.
The Governor was speaking as one of the panelists in the morning session that discussed and assessed the progress of the implementation of the Big Four Agenda of Universal Healthcare and Food Security; and highlighted best practices adopted by the County and national government.
Others in the panel were Governors Anyang’ Nyong’o (Kisumu), Mutahi Kahiga (Nyeri), Mohammed Kuti (Isiolo), Dr. Alfred Mutua (Machakos) and Francis Kimemia (Nyandarua), Health CS Cisily Kariuki and moderated by Senator Margaret Kamar.
The conference was officially opened by President Uhuru Kenyatta who was accompanied by Deputy President William Ruto.