Following the successful completion of a six weeks experiential leadership and command course training, Turkana County government sub-county administrators and a section of ward administrators were commissioned to service in a colorful event that was held at the county headquarters. The administrators obtained this course at The Administration Police Training College in Meru.
Hon. Governor Josphat Nanok presided over the event which also involved the launch of the administrators’ official uniform. The governor praised the administrators for undertaking their duties well from the period they were hired to serve despite having little training on administration.
“Feedback from the public on your work has been encouraging, your performance has exceeded the expectations we had of you. The remaining administrators who have not yet undergone training will get the training but in a way that service delivery to the public will not be interrupted,” said the Governor.
The County Secretary, Peter Eripete, raised that the training was necessary to induct the officers into administration because most of them had been recruited from different professions. Adding to this the County Executive Ministry of Public Service, Decentralized Administration and Deserter Management (PSDADM), Charles Lokioto said the training the administrators had undergone and the official attire was to bring uniformity and discipline among the administrators while discharging their duties.
The county government has built 30 ward offices, equipped them with solar power and is in the process of establishing the ward offices as centres of devolution at the ward levels. The ministry of PS, DA & DM will carry out an assessment and inspection of Kibish ward office and site visit of proposed construction of Kibish Sub-county office which is the first of its kind to be built in the county.
In his closing remarks, Governor Nanok asked County government employees to be faithful in their duties and not to be derailed by politics in discharging their duties as the country enters the electioneering period. He congratulated doctors and nurses working in Turkana and the Turkana County Ministry of Health and Sanitation for an agreement that kept the health workers at work throughout the three months doctors strike in the country. Had the doctors downed their tools, Turkana residents who are among those most hit by the ongoing drought in the country would have suffered.
The function was graced by Turkana County Commissioner Stephen Ikua, who told the administrators that the new attire and the training had given them additional responsibility as well as public scrutiny on their actions and asked them to remember that they are ambassadors of the county government.
Also present at the function were CEC Education Margaret Kuchal, CEC Health Jane Ajele, CEC Roads Augustin Logiron, Chief Officers and other county government officers.
The County Government has increased access to clean water for domestic use in Turkana, despite water shortage being the biggest challenge in the region.
This was announced by Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok when he led the marking of the World Water Day at Kakimera, Kanamkemer Ward. He added that in the four years of his administration, the percentage of residents with access to clean water had risen from 34 to 56 percent.
“Water shortage remains our biggest challenge with over half a million residents of our county with no source of clean water for use. Pastoralists are the hardest-hit with this shortage,” he said.
The Governor added that this showed that there was need to pool funds from the national and county governments to solve the shortage.
The County Government, he said, had recruited an additional 80 officers to the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Agriculture and had procured state of the art equipment such as rigs for exploration and drilling of boreholes.
Governor Nanok used the occasion to open a fully equipped borehole at Kakemera which will serve several regions of Kanamkemer ward.
The water from the borehole, he said, was enough for domestic use and for irrigation and directed the ministry concerned to look into setting up of an irrigation scheme near the borehole.
The Governor told residents of Kanamkemer that his government had set up several projects that will benefit the ward, such as Ekalees Tobong’u Lore Centre that will also house a park and the County’s Biashara Centre, a medical store and several financial institutions, which he said will improve business.
Governor Nanok told leaders who were thinking of causing violence during the electioneering period that he will not allow such politics in Turkana. He asked politicians to ask for votes peacefully and let the people make the decision to either elect or reject them.
Turkana county residents can now breathe a sigh of relief after the county government flagged off emergency food to sub counties to salvage drought situation that has been reported widely in the last few weeks.
The county government through the ministry of Public Service, Decentralized Administration and Disaster Management (PSDADM) has procured 150,000 bags of maize (50kgs), 15,000 bags of bea…ns and 15,000 jerricans of vegetable oil that targets a population of 450,000 people.
Speaking yesterday during the fagging off at the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) Lodwar, County Executive Committee Member for PSDADM, Charles Lokioto said that they have given areas hard hit by drought priority in the first batch of the food supply.
“We have prioritized areas that have been mostly hit by drought. We have distribution plan that will cater for all parts of the county to make sure that every part is reached” Said Lokioto.
The four areas identified to have been highly affected and which will benefit on the first batch are Kalapata ward in Turkana South sub county, Nanam in west Sub County, Kokuro in North sub county and Katilia in Turkana East.
Governor Josphat Nanok while flagging off the emergency food called upon stakeholder and well wishers to chip in and help the county government in the process of mitigating the drought.
The County C.E. O also said that the food will be distributed equally and fairly by county field officers unlike the National government one which he claimed was politically instigated.
Turkana County has in the past been in the limelight especially during complex humanitarian emergencies. Perennial drought and subsequent food shortage due to unreliable rainfall might soon be a thing of the past for farmer cooperative societies’ members, and the greater community as the County Government seeks to encourage more residents to adopt irrigation to improve their food crop.
The National Irrigation Board in collaboration with the Ministry of Water Services and Irrigation has provided not only agricultural infrastructure but also technical information on farm inputs, training and equipping farmers on how to manage animal and crop conflict to ensure proper crop production and as a result ensure food security.
During World Food Day 2016, the National Irrigation Board (NIB) handed over 1,500 acres to the county in pursuit of maintaining main irrigation canals and root networks for proper food production. NIB has introduced crops like Nerika rice, green grams and tissue culture bananas to help improve nutrition in Turkana County.
The County Government of Turkana also works with other enablers through strategic public-private partnerships with NGOs like UNDP and many others.
On the road to a safer and well lit Turkana County
Lokichar Town in Turkana County is finally walking in the light after the launch of a 20 Million Shilling solar project. The project is expected to boost security and business. Ninety-five solar panel light poles have been erected on the roads of Lokichar Town.
The County Government of Turkana is planning to expand the solar street lighting project to other areas like Kalokol, Lokori, Kainuk, kibish and Lokichogio towns. This effort is meant to enable a safe 24-hour economy in Turkana County in the future to come.
The adoption of a new constitution in August 2010, has radically transformed the structure, organs and functions of government in Kenya in ways un-imagined before. Central in this transformation is the establishment of County governments.
These deliberate efforts aimed at strengthening citizen participation is informed by a long history of centralized decision-making processes characterized by a lack of transparency and accountability leading to marginalization and entrenchment of inequality, poverty and ineptitude in governmental services delivery.
“Turkana, today, is an investment haven, a tourist destination of choice, the toast of development partners and a reference point in good and responsive governance because we have confronted headlong the critical questions of development and stagnation,” said H.E. The Governor Hon. Josphat Koli Nanok.
In Turkana, education received a big boost through increased bursaries. The building of more hospitals means that the residents of Turkana County now walk shorter distances to get medical attention and the ratio of health specialists to patients is now much higher.