GOVERNOR NANOK CALLS FOR STAKEHOLDERS FORUM TO ADDRESS DISMAL PERFORMANCE IN NATIONAL EXAMS

Stakeholders have been called to a forum to discuss poor performance of Turkana schools in national examinations.

Governor Josphat Nanok has raised concern over alarming mass failure students in the county and warned that the trend was worrying. He has convened a forum before next month to find solutions to causes of the poor results recorded in last year national exams.

“You can imagine out 8000 students who sat for KCSE (last year), we are only sending 227 to the university. That is not the numbers for Turkana, but worse is the performance of our two national schools Turkana Girls and Lodwar High-which rakes cream of our child; but performed so bad that it competed with smaller schools such as Katilu,” he said.

The Governor maintained that the problem was too deep as evident in the failing of students who performed well in primary schools. He urged for a reflection by stakeholders to find what was ailing the education-

“Is it the insufficient number of teachers, or is it that parents are not doing their part or is it is leaders who are not enforcing and making noise to parents and schools. We must build the manpower needed to develop this County,” he added.

The County boss was speaking today after he opened the Missions of Hope International Turkana High School.

He described investment of the County Government in the first term as a “mission of hope” to a region denied investment in education by successive governments before the advent of devolution.

He said the County Government had spent Sh1 billion on bursaries in the last seven years to students in secondary schools, colleges and universities. With support in the sector contributing to growth of schools from 250 to 422 in primary, and development of ECDES from less than 300 to 891 ECDES in seven years of devolution.

He commended Faith based organisations such as Missions of Hope for investing in the education sector and admitted that majority of schools in Turkana owed their existence to the church and other faith organisation.

The County establishment of basic infrastructure development had contributed to further development, with Governor Nanok giving the example of area along the Kerio junction- Ekaales Centre road where institutions of learning have been established.

He encouraged parents not to abandon their parental responsibilities even for children who get sponsorships or support from leaders; and called on the students to take advantage of the opportunities presented to them in the school, to work hard and build their futures.

Founders and Directors of MOHI Rev. Wallace and Mary Kamau thanked the Governor for the support from the County Government and assured that the efforts to invest in education will bear fruit. Mrs. Kamau said Turkana children had the ability to excel in Education but only lacked the opportunity.

The secondary schools targets a student population of over 800.
Deputy Governor Peter Lotethiro termed investment in education as developing a treasure for the economic transformation of the region where climatic conditions made it difficult to engage in other economic activities such as agriculture.

On his part Turkana Central MP John Lodepe urged the community to support the school as it benefited children the county. Kanamkemer MCA James Ikeny faulted the Teachers Service Commission for the inadequate number of teachers, which he said will make objectives of 100 percent transition rates a mirage.

Others who spoke include Deputy County Commissioner Alex Mativo, the County Chief Officer for Education, Sports and Social Protection Dr. Lolelea Natade.

GOVERNOR JOSPHAT NANOK JOINS FAITHFULS OF ST. AUGUSTINE CATHEDRAL LODWAR TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS MASS.

The Governor said though the year had challenges God has guided the County through them and asked Christians to continue praying for the country’s leadership.

He encouraged people to ignore politics from different sections of leaders and read the Building Bridges Initiative report as wananchi will have the last word on proposed changes to the constitution.

The Governor assured the business community that the County Government was conducting a verification of remaining pending bills and promised that all will be cleared in January.

On peace and security within Turkana, he committed to support efforts by national security agencies to improve security at the border with West Pokot and Baringo counties.

He said the County Government will work with the church and other stakeholders in the education sector to address the cause of poor performance by schools in the county in national examinations.

The Governor has wished all Kenyans a merry Christmas and a prosperous new year.

VACCINATION AND TREATMENT OF LIVESTOCK IN KIBISH

County Government of Turkana is devoted to reducing the death rate among livestock in Turkana, which is the major source of livelihood for the pastoral community. This the county does by conducting frequent treatment and vaccination of livestock and also training the pastoralists on Best Management Practices.
In partnership with Save the Children, the County Veterinary Department is conducting mass treatment, deworming and vaccination of shoats in Kibish sub-county. This exercise began on 12th December, 2019 and is to be concluded on the 22nd of this month. This is an integrated emergency response and drought recovery programme under agriculture and food security sector, livestock sub-sector. A total of 40,000 shoats are targeted for deworming and Peste des Petits “Ruminants (PPR) vaccination, alongside treatment of sick animals. Prior to this exercise, Save the Children successful conducted training of 30 Community Disease Reporters (CDR’s) in the region.
Save the children has catered for the logistics while the county government provided the veterinary vaccines, drugs and technical staff to conduct the exercise
This exercise is being supervised by county veterinary team led by Chief Officer Fisheries, Livestock Production and Veterinary Services Dr. Michael Ekidor Eregae, and was accompanied by Director veterinary services Dr. Benson Long’or and Dr. Jane Akal and Dr Job Rono.
So far, major issues encountered in the exercise include high cases of foot root disease, pneumonia, abscesses, abortions, worms, ticks, Contagious Caprine Pleuropneumonia (CCPP) and high cases of suspected bluetongue diseases.
According to Dr. Rono, the County Veterinary Department is planning to collect and analyse samples from livestock suspected to have bluetongue disease. This, he added, will enable quick interventions to be conducted to prevent more death of animals as a result of the suspected disease.
Some of the challenges encountered in conducting the exercise include; resistance from the community- especially in Loruth area, frequent migrations that have interfered with targets and muddy impassable roads due to ongoing rains that have resulted to inaccessibility of some targeted areas like Nayanae Amoni.
Although, the recent rains have made water easily accessible and households no longer take their livestock to water pans where these are target places for the exercise. In addition, network in the region is poor with some areas having no network at all and this is a challenge in mobilising households.
Despite the challenges, the organisers acknowledge the positive response from the Kibish community which has high acceptability for livestock treatment and vaccination.
Apart from this programme, another vaccination and treatment exercise targeting 72,000 livestock is being concluded today in Lake Zone, Kalokol and Kang’akipur areas. This programme is funded by Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) through VSF- Germany and implemented by Turkana County Veterinary department.
Vaccination and treatment of animals is a routine programme by the county veterinary department that aims at safeguarding animal health to improve livelihood in the region.

QUALITY ASSURANCE WORKSHOP ON GUM ARABIC AND RESIN COMMENCES

Eighty participants, drawn from five sub-counties in Turkana County, will be attending a four-day workshop to be trained as Trainers of Trainers (ToTs) on gum arabic quality assurance and market value chain.

The participants will be expected to reach out and train 3000 collectors in this nature-based economic activity to improve the product for the market.

The training organized by Kenya Forestry Research Institute (Kefri), while working closely with the county Department of Natural Resources, comes after GIZ signed a partnership agreement with Acacia EPZ Ltd, a private export company dealing in gum Arabic for the European market.

This unique tree sap, locally known as “eminae”, is used as an additive in food and non-food items; from chewing gum to paint.

The German non-profit has also funded the training and will be conducted in three ASAL counties; Turkana, Marsabit and Samburu. The training is meant to increase employment and economic opportunities through nature-based enterprises like the collection of gum arabic and resin.

“Turkana has the best gum arabic and resin, however we have to be consistent in collecting for the market to buy the product,” said Pauline Lokuruka, Chief Officer of County Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Natural Resources, while opening the workshop.

She challenged the participants to ensure that when they went back to their stations they transfer the skills learnt in the workshop to the other staff.
She also requested Kefri and Kenya Forest Service to follow-up and monitor the participants in their respective fields.
“We have officers in the field to assist in enhancing the collection of this important natural resources,” said the Chief Officer.

The Acting Deputy Director of Natural Resources, Pauline Ngoli Pusiye, said that the training has been a long time coming as it will be beneficial to the county residents.

According to Patrick Mwenja – the KEFRI Ag. Assistant Regional Director, they will also assist the communities to form a co-operative to aid in marketing.

EMERGENCY RESPONSE BEGIN AFTER HEAVY FLOODS

Governor Josphat Nanok today led a review of emergency response after heavy rainfall caused deadly flooding in a section of Lodwar town and other areas of Turkana.

The Governor commended a joint rescue team involved in rescue efforts from Friday night, who saved a number of people who could not get out of their homes after floodwaters engulfed low-lying areas along River Turkwel.

The Governor led the team which included Turkana Central MP John Lodepe, MCAs Robert Lowoko and James Ikeny in assessment visits across town and addressed residents affected.

He called for caution after reports that heavy rainfall will continue raising danger of a continuation of the floods.

The Governor informed residents that the County Government with support from national government and other partners will begin supplying clean water after the floods destroyed nine of the 12 boreholes serving the town with water. Affected families will also receive emergency kitty and relief food after completion of rapid assessment by disaster team.

County Commissioner Wambua Muthama announced that three people had been confirmed dead with additional reporting from the Sub-Counties yet to be received.

He joined the Governor in calling for caution and announced that barriers will be set at Kawalathe River to deter people and vehicles from crossing. Additional teams of police has only been deployed to beef up security of areas vacated by residents after the floods.

The emergency response team is led by Deputy County Secretary Robert Loyelei and Chief Officer for Public Service and Disaster Management Gladys Arika and includes representatives from Kenya Red Cross, UNICEF, National Drought Management Authority (NDMA), Kenya Maritime Authority (KMA), Oxfam CARITAS, Save the Children, Word Vision among others.

COUNTY GOVERNMENT, FAO LAUNCH CROSS-BORDER RESILIENCE PROJECT

A three month livestock cross-border project that will benefit residents of Loima and Turkana West sub-counties has officially been launched today in Lodwar.

The project funded by Canadian government through United Nation Food & Agriculture Organization (UNFAO) “Building Households Resilience through Early Action and protecting livestock Assets” targets to improve resilience of livelihoods to threats and crises, through intervention and implementation of drought response by County’s Livestock Production and Veterinary Services departments.

Speaking during the Launch, Chief officer for Fisheries, Livestock and Veterinary Services Dr. Michael Eregae welcomed development partners support on livestock response, and expressed a commitment to continue addressing pastoralists’ issues through close coordination on feeds distribution and diseases control.

Dr. Eregae revealed that the County Government in partnership with Livestock Market System (a program under USAID) plans to establish market days in Lokichar, Lodwar and Kakuma to avail ready markets which and provide economic value of Livestock products to thousands of herders in the County. He called on development partners to support the implementation of the County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP) to avoid duplication of projects.

The Chief Officer said that the County Veterinary department had bought mobile Crush (locally known as Akoroth) in the last financial year and plans to procure more to help in treatment of Livestock in the County.

Over 1374 households in Loima and Turkana West are set to benefit from the distribution of 330 tonnes of Livestock range cubes while another group totaling 18000 households will benefit from deworming and vector control exercise that will cover 782,100 small stock,36,000 cattle and 1200 camels.

Head of FAO in Turkana, Dan Irura affirmed that the organization will continue collaborating with the County Government in its effort to achieve food security through funds support on resilience projects.

The project which will be implemented by VSF Germany from this Month to December is also being done in West Pokot County and parts of Uganda.

Also present were MCA’s Joseph Nyanga (Kalobeyei) and Elim Epuu(Letea), several county government officers and a host of Livestock stakeholders from Non-governmental organizations.

DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATIONS URGED TO TAILOR PROGRAMMES TO SUIT COMMUNITY NEEDS

Development partners implementing cross-border projects have been advised to tailor their programmes to meet the needs of communities.

Speaking during the first day of Kenya-Uganda cross-border consultative meeting to promote integrated development including animal health and other resilience investments in the Karamoja cluster, Governor Josphat Nanok said the priority for communities living along the border was the establishment of water infrastructure which will contribute to the realization of the objective to commercialize livestock keeping.

“I am asking partners, let’s read the priorities of the people correctly when implementing projects. If you want to address 60 percent of problems facing the pastoralists it’s water, it used to be insecurity which forms 30 percent of the problem but the biggest is water.”

“You solve this problem then you have solved the problem of the livestock industry, and can begin thinking how we can bring livestock industries and other aspects of value addition,” he said.

He revealed that technical teams have visited the site where the government plans to set up the dam in Namoniangikaala in Loima Sub-County, while the West Pokot County had picked a site where both Pokot and Turkana communities graze. During last month’s signing of the Kenya-Uganda MOU for cross-border peace and development, President Uhuru Kenyatta announced that the Government will set up three dams in Turkana, West Pokot and Marsabit to benefit pastoralists.

Governor Nanok urged IGAD to replicate in Kenya dams it plans to develop in Uganda to meet the big need for water. The county boss insisted that part of efforts to implement the MoU was to strengthen cross-border trade and build on existing good flow of goods and people across the border with Uganda.

State Department of ASALs Principal Secretary Micah Powon informed stakeholders that part of deliberations in the three days of the meeting will be developing mechanism for resource sharing along the border, infrastructure improvement for better market access, strengthening surveillance to livestock and human diseases, developing coordination mechanism and sharing of information. He revealed that a joint technical team will soon meet to develop an action plan for the implementation of the MoU signed in Moroto.

The Ugandan delegation attending the meeting is led by Assistant Commissioner for Karamoja Affairs Francis Okori.

Director for IGAD Centre for Pastoral Areas and Livestock Development (ICPALD) Dr. Solomon Munyua and representatives of partner organisations USAID Kenya and FAO were in attendance.

Senior County Government officials in attendance include County Executives Chris Aletia (Agriculture, Pastoral Economy and Fisheries) Chief Officers Dr. Michael Eregae (Fisheries Livestock and Veterinary Services), Ariko Namoit (Roads and Transport), Senior Advisor on Security, Peace and Borderlands Initiatives Augustine Lokwang, Directors Dr. Benson Longor (Veterinary Services) James Lokwale (Trade) and Stella Opakas (Minerals Reso) among others.

GOVERNOR NANOK CALLS FOR SUPPORT OF DEVELOPMENT AGENDA, URGES POLITICIANS TO SHUN SUCCESSION POLITICS

Governor Josphat Nanok has urged for support of the County Government’s development agenda and discouraged gubernatorial succession politics of 2022.

Addressing residents yesterday when he made stopovers at Kamuge,Lomelo and Kagiteitei on his way from Kapedo, Turkana East Sub County, the Governor called on the public to be patient as his administration works to delivers on promises made during the 2017 general elections. He assured that his concern was the welfare of Turkana residents and not about future politics.

“I urge you to allow me to deliver services to the larger Turkana populace first as I promised during the last election. Strengthening primary health care through the construction of health institutions, road connectivity, improvements of education standards and other development concerns that you have raised are my focus at the moment,” he said.

In Lomelo, the Governor said once completed, a project to develop a desalination system of borehole whose water was unfit for human consumption will serve close to 3000 residents of the area, who currently get supplied water through the county water bowser

The county boss made a stop at Kasarani, site of planned establishment of 40 acres of rainfed farms and affirmed that the County Government will increase the size of land under crop production as part of investments to achieve food security. Apart from routine support to pastoralists on vaccination and treatment, he revealed plans to set up a livestock market at Kapedo to benefit herders and for the value addition of livestock products as well to boost the local economy.

He promised further recruitment of ECDE teachers on top of the 300 who are being recruited; and added that he and the other Turkana MPs were pushing the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to hire more secondary and primary school teachers to bridge the current deficit of 3000.

County Executive for Agriculture, Pastoral Economy and Fisheries Chris Aletia said that the Ministry will soon do restocking exercise of shoats which had been planned for the last financial year. On her part, County Executive for Public Service and Disaster Management Esther Lokwei informed residents that distribution of County relief food cycle will start in the coming weeks.

Other speakers were Turkana East Mp Ali Lokiru and Kapedo MCA Willy Nalimo.

WE WILL SUPPORT REFERENDUM PUSH THAT WILL DELIVER ADDITIONAL RESOURCES TO COUNTIES- GOVERNOR NANOK

The ongoing debate on the various proposals to ammend the Kenyan Constitution should be centered on its benefit to wananchi at the grassroots level and not stifle devolution, Governor Nanok has said.

Speaking in Kapedo during the burial of Mwalimu Nicodemus Aruoto, a former teacher at Silale Primary School, Governor Nanok challenged Members of County Assembly to put the interest of Turkana people first by considering which proposals if passed, will increase budgetary allocation to spur development in the county.

He urged MCAs to set aside political partisan politics and to interrogate what benefit the people of Turkana will get from the any proposed change to the constitution, and insisted that a referendum will not be a political contest between coalitions.

He said the Council of Governors supported the Ugatuzi proposals which advocates for the retainment of the existing counties with an additional budgetary allocation among other constitutional changes that would further strengthen performance of the devolved units.

To decentralize government services to the village level, Governor Nanok said that the new members of thr Turkana County board that were sworn recently will soon start recruitment process of village administrators who will support delivery of government services to the lowest administrative units of the County Government.

While outlining County Government plans to accelerate development, the County Boss revealed plans to establish 40 acres each of farming land in Kasarani and Lomelo as well as 2 acres of drip irrigation land in Kapedo that will mainly be utilised for horticultural farming.

On Roads connectivity, said there was a challenge on construction of feeder roads and called on other leaders to push the National government to set aside funds for the construction of Kapedo -Lokichar road and the one connecting Makutano and Kibish that he said were c
under Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA).

To curb insecurity in Turkana East and other conflict corridors, Governor Nanok said that he will work closely with the national government to end insecurity banditry attacks being witnessed.

He expressed hope that the newly trained National Police Reservists that are drawn from Turkana and neighbouring communities would help scale down the conflict.

On development of Silale Geothermal Energy, Governor Nanok informed residents that he had made it clear that the Geothermal Development Company (GDC) follows the law which protected the local community’s share of benefits from exploration of resources on their land. He promised that the County Government and leaders from the area will ensure all concerns from the community would be addressed.

Leaders present were Turkana East MP Ali Lokiru, MCAs Willy Nalimo (Kapedo/Napeitom), David Erukudi (Lobokat) and Peter Edung’ (Kalapata).

Senior County Government officials accompanying the Governor included County Executives Chris Aletia (Agriculture,Pastoral Economy and Fisheries), Esther Lokwei (Public Service and Disaster Management),Roads and Transport Chief Officer Ariko Namoit and Chief of Staff Ekuwam Nakiporo.

GOVERNOR NANOK LAUNCHES NAPUU WATER PROJECT

Napuu, September 16th, 2019-Residents of Kanamkemer Ward are set to benefit from the Napuu Water Project whose first phase launched today by Governor Josphat Nanok.

The project which is undertaken by National Water Harvesting and Storage Authority (NWHSA) will include installation of an elevated 300m³ steel tank in Narewa and a water distribution system to 16000 residents in Narewa, Lokitela, Ekaales, Masewan, Kasarani, Juluk and Trans Africa as well as supply Kisumu PolyTechnic, Turkana University College.

Speaking during the launch at the Napuu Aquifer, Governor Nanok said the County Government will utilize water from boreholes in the aquifer to support the development of Lodwar Municipality and the expansion of existing irrigation schemes.

“This is going to increase the development of this part of Lodwar Municipality as we refocus how the aquifer will best be utilized for irrigation agriculture,” he said.

He revealed that the County Government was engaging the community living around Napuu to find best ways to secure the land within which the aquifer was located.

“The aquifer runs from the Turkwel River 5km downstream and 3km upstream and we are discussing with the community living on securing the aquifer and even if it requires legislation to ensure the aquifer serves the community for many years to come,” Governor Nanok said.

He added that the involvement of the Water Authority, a government parastatal, was an assurance that works on the projects will be undertaken with professionalism and achieve expected standards. These sentiments were echoed by Chairman of the County Assembly’s Water, Environment and Natural Resources Committee James Abei, who said the Authority had better expertise to implement the project to completion.

On his part, National Water Harvesting and Storage Authority Chairperson David Nkedianye said the Authority had signed a Memorandum of Understating (MOU) with the County Government to undertake the project which is planned to take three months and will cost of Sh72m.

Deputy Governor Peter Lotethiro who attended the launch said the project was part of the County’s implementation of one of the five transformative development priorities of Water Development aimed at solving water challenges faced by residents.

Others who spoke were Deputy County Secretary Robert Loyelei, CECM for Water Services Emathe Namuar and Kanamkemer MCA James Ikeny among others.