LEADERS PUSH FOR UNITY ON FIRST DAY OF DP RUTO’S DEVELOPMENT TOUR OF TURKANA
Governor Josphat Nanok today hosted Deputy President William Ruto who is in a three-day development tour of Turkana County.
The DP was in Turkana South and East Sub-Counties where he launched projects and presided over funds drive in aid of youth and women groups.
Speaking in Lokichar the DP Ruto at Baraza park after laying the foundation stone of Aroo Teachers training college, DP Ruto reiterated the government’s commitment to improving status of Education and reducing illiteracy levels.
He said the construction of the TTC was necessitated by Turkana history of dependency on teachers from other parts of the country and lack of professional teachers from the region.
He added that the college would nurture the teaching proffesion in Turkana and provide enough human resource through higher enrollment of teachers from the county.
On land acquisition for oil development at the South Lokichar basin by National Land Commission (NLC), DP insisted that public participation before acquisition was mandatory and provided for by the constitution and directed NLC to consult the local community.
He revealed that he had held engagements with Governors from FCDC on which development projects in water and agriculture to be channelled to the ASALs counties so that the region can be at par with other areas of the country.
He said the government will make sure development to supply water from Turkwel Dam for oil operations by Tullow, willbenefit residents of Lokichar and announced plans to boost Katilu irrigation scheme as part of President Uhuru’s Big Four Agenda of Food Security.
DP Ruto urged youths to join technical colleges to develop skills and support key achievements of the Big Four Agenda and realising vision 2030. He revealed that the national government will pay 30,000 tuition fee and provide an additional 40,000 for student joining the Technical institutions.
On his part, Governor Josphat Nanok expressed his commitment to work with the national government to meet development goals for Turkana. He said the County Government had invested to improve livelihoods of residents.
He called for support of plans to water harvesting infrastructure such as dams as a solution to water problems in Turkana, an investment that will boost livestock keeping and agriculture.
He assured residents that the County Government will continue with drought emergency responses and will include supply of livestock feeds, support lactating and emaciated stock.
Faulting the compulsory land acquisition by NLC, the Governor reassured residents that Turkana leaders are united behind push to ensure that wide consultation and public participation is held before any land allocation.
He decried the perennial banditry attacks and deterioration of security along borders with West Pokot and Baringo counties and it’s contribution to slow development and loss of lives. He called on the government to move with speed and end the menace through deployment of more police.
Governor Nanok stated his opposition to proposals to change the constitution, warning that the attempts to add other levels of government will reverse gains made through devolution.
He said that he was not interested in proposals scrap term limits for Governors insisting that all he wants is to complete his second term and deliver on the development mandate to residents of Turkana.
He promised to work with the national government and all leaders to ensure residents of Turkana get their rightful share of the national cake.
Turkana South MP James Lomenen called on the Jubilee government to strengthen public investment in Turkana in infrastructure and electricity supply. He however called for additional employment opportunities for Turkana youth.
The leaders fundraised for Super Women group before proceeding to Lokori where the DP launched Lokori TTC, opened CDF office and presided over a funds drive for youth initiative.
They were joined by Petroleum and Mining CS John Munyes, Turkana East MP Ali Lokiru and MCAs among other leaders.