Governor Josphat Nanok is in Turkana North Sub-County to monitor ongoing drought emergency relief response that includes food distribution under the April relief cycle.
The Governor made stop -overs at Lolupe, Losajait in Nakalale Ward; Kankurdio, Kaeris in Kaeris Ward; Kaaleng, Ekicheles, Nakinomet in Kaaleng/Kaikor Ward
He announced that all residents targeted through the County Government’s relief food distribution will receive 50% food rations after consultations between the County Executive and the County Assembly. This is a change to initial plan where 365,000 residents of the target population were to receive only 25% food rations.
He assured residents that the April relief cycle will continue with food dispatches to sub counties from the Lodwar warehouse, as the maize consignments were received from Kitale NCPB depot.
The County relief response has been planned for the next three months.
Governor Nanok promised that Turkana elected leaders were pushing to ensure residents received relief support from the National Government meant for the county as one of the 13 counties worst hit by drought.
The response through the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) include vaccination and treatment of livestock, water supply and provision of animal feeds.
He urged residents to register under the National Integrated Information System (NIIMS) Huduma Namba but insisted that relief food from the National Government was needed to supplement the County’s efforts to enable residents register.
County Executive for Public Service and Disaster Management Esther Lokwee told residents that County distribution teams will to carry out the exercise and ensure targeted residents received their share of the food. She said that all responses from government and partners were being coordinated through the County Steering Group (CSG) to prevent duplication of efforts.
Agriculture, Pastoral Economy and Fisheries Executive Chris Aletia said an assessment will be done on locust infestation after the first phase of locust control spraying was concluded last week.
A second phase of the locust control is set to follow in areas still infested as will be determined through the assessment.
He announced that the County Government was procuring animal feeds that will be distributed to prevent animal deaths in areas worst hit by the drought.
County Health and Sanitation Executive Jane Ajele said uji mix for expectant mothers, children and the elderly will be procured to be distributed as a nutritional supplement. She said the Department had supplied medicine to health centres across the county to boost relief responses.
On his part, County Executive for Water Services Emathe Namuar said routine repairs of boreholes and water systems by the department across the county will continue as well as water trucking to regions worst hit by the drought.
MCAs Nicholas Ewoi (Nakalale Ward), Patrick Napion (Kaeris Ward) and Jacob Nakuwa (Kibish Ward) commended the county government for its response to cushion residents against effects of the biting drought.
Other CECs who spoke included Anthony Apalia (Lands, Energy, Housing and Urban Areas Management) and Charles Lokiyoto (Tourism, Culture and Natural Resources). Other senior County Government officials accompanying the Governor are Chief Officer for Education, Sports and Social Protection Dr. Lolelea Natade, Chief of Staff Ekuwom Nakiporo, security Advisor Cpt (Rtd) Augustine Lokwang, Culture Advisor Boniface Korobe among others.