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H.E, HON. JOSPHAT KOLI NANOK

Ag.Minister of Public Service and Disaster Management

Esther Ikaru

Chief officer-Administration and Disaster Management

Esther Ikaru

Chief Officer- Public Service

Overview

The Ministry of Public Service, Decentralized Administration and Disaster Management has a critical role of Supervision & Coordination of government ministries.

A well- managed disaster risk reduction will likely elicit a resilient, resistant and safe community; high level of community survivability to any hazard event; high community readiness to any hazardous event; create a cohesive community organization to manage disasters and continuously build the community capacity to reduce the impact of these events and by extension eliminate and reduce vulnerability to disasters.

  • Vision
  • Mission
  •  To be a sector of excellence in the promotion of enabling environment where the people of Turkana County enjoy quality services

  • Establish structures that provide conducive and inclusive environment for high quality workforce, convenient workplaces as well as cross sector systems for preparedness.

  • MINISTRY ACHIEVEMENTS.
  • SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES
  • OUR QUEST FOR RESILIENCE.
  • FUTURE INTERVENTIONS, CHALLENGES & LESSONS.
    1. Construction of thirty (30) ward offices.
    2. Purchase of thirty (30) ward admin vehicles.
    3. Purchase of seven (7) sub county vehicles.
    4. Purchase of seven(7) emergency response vehicles
    5. Purchase of five (5) motor-cycles to ease logistical and administrative support services at the headquarters
    6. Installation of vehicular HF radio equipment(12)
    7. Civic education and public participation programme.
    8. Capacity development of staff at various level
    9. Training of county administrators on experimental leadership and command course
    10. Designing and introduction of county administrators uniform
    11. Regular emergency response through general food distribution.
    12. Responding to disasters like violent conflicts, fires, floods.
    13. Early warning information gathering, analysis and sharing.
    14. Communities’ awareness raising on disaster management.
    15. Enhancing effective collaboration and networking.
    16. Construction of state of the art Sub county administrators office in Kibish sub county
    17. Equipping all county administrator’s offices with furniture and ICT equipment’s
    • To provide responsive, timely and efficient quality services to the public;
    • To ensure efficient supervision and coordination of county government programs;
    • To streamline disaster response mechanism;
    • To enhance inspectorate and enforcement for quality services;
    1. Carry out a multi-hazard assessment to map out disasters for effective response strategies.
    2. Bench marking with centers of excellence to enhance cross learning.
    3. Developing a county policy on disaster management to guide the county’s initiatives towards disasters management.
    4. In partnership, protect rivers that are threatening lives and livelihoods in the county.
    5. Operationalize the emergency, contingency and DM fund and cash transfer program.
    6. Conducting disaster mitigation initiatives through capacity building and exposure/ exchange learning.
    7. Putting in place disaster recovery strategies with line ministries (cash transfer and development flagship projects).
    8. Establish and equip famine and conflict early warning (FEWs and CEWs) information centers.
    9. Conflict management and peace building in partnership with the governor’s office within and across international borders.
    1. Formulating Turkana county decentralized administration policy and bill
    2. Purchase of 150 motorcycles for village admin.
    3. Construction of seven (7) sub county offices.
    4. Regularized relief food cycles to happen every two months: July-august; September- October; November – December; January- February; March- April; May- June.
    5. County policy on disaster management to harmonize county partners efforts in disaster management.
    6. Develop county multi hazard preparedness and response contingency and community’s action plans.
    7. Develop and maintain a disaster management website.

    CHALLANGES FACED

    • High insecurity threats which limits stakeholders effort in reaching critical areas.
    • Poor communication (infrastructure).
    • Lack of emergency vehicles (fire engines, relief trucks) for the department.
    • Lack or limited of storage facilities for relief.
    • Lack of emergency stockpile (NFIs, food, shelter materials) for the department.
    • High illiteracy levels among residents which limits disaster preparedness and awareness.
    • Difficulty terrain across most parts of the county coupled by its vastness.

    LESSONS LEARNED 

    1. Devolution is a huge blessing for the residents.
    2. The face of Turkana is drastically changing.
    3. Disasters are better addressed well in partnership.
    4. Insecurity is a major contribution to the close-nit settlements which increases risks of fire outbreak.
    5. Fire outbreak has in the recent past become even more frequent.
    6. Multi-hazard assessment is key in mapping out common disasters/ hazards, recommend response strategies.
    7. A disaster management policy as well as emergency fund are two crucial items necessary for an effective disaster response.