A hand over of Sh72 million Nakukulas-Lokicheda water reticulation project by Tullow B.V to Kochodin Water Resources Users Association through Turkana County Government for management and sustainability has been postponed to a later date to allow county legal officers to go through the hand over report before signing.
Speaking yesterday at Tullow Community Office in Nakukulas Village of Lokori-Kochodin Ward in Turakana East, Turkana Deputy Governor Peter Lotethiro said that the county officials need to understand the document to allow the signing and handover of the water project to take place as a requirement, which he said will take place soon.
Nakukulas-Lokicheda is a community water project initiated by Tullow Kenya B.V in collaboration with Turkana County Government, Ministry of Water Services, Environment and Mineral Resources to supply piped water to homes, schools, institutions and water troughs for livestock.
The project was funded by Tullow and implemented County Government and Kochodin Water Resources Users Association.
The Deputy Governor urged the Ministry of Water officials to study the project and replicate in other areas of the county where water is a challenge as it is a cheaper way to ensure adequate supply of clean drinking water to a larger population, adding that this project has replaced water trucking which was not sustainable and had created human conflicts in the few water storage tanks that were provided by Tullow in the area.
Lotethiro advised Government and Tullow officials to use the two month period until September to train Water Users Association Committee Members in management so that they can get required skills to run the project independently in the future.
He further said that the committee should tour other water association in other parts of the county to learn from their experiences and expertise.
Lotethiro assured the community of support from the Government to establish proper water management structures as part of bringing urban development in the area.
Tullow B.V Head of Corporate Affairs Eris Lothike said that Tullow’s objective is to ensure supply of water to communities as a shared prosperity and commended partners especially the county government for the success of the project that took two years to complete as from 2017 to 2019.
CEC for Water Services, Environment and Mineral Resources, Chris Aletea said that as part of sustaining the facility there must be a fee for the water consumers that can be used to buy at least fuel for the generators.
Earlier the Deputy Governor had led a team of county officials, local leaders and Tullow officials for a tour of entire project to assess its efficacy and quality before handing over ceremony which did not take place.
The sites visited are Lotiman, Katamanak, Kodekode, Lokicheda, Nakukulas Dispensary, Nakukulas Primary School among others.
Present during the occasion were Chief Officer for Water, Moses Natome, Director of Water Tito Ochieng, MCA for Lokori-Kochodin Ward Benedictus Lokamar, Sub-County Administrators for Turkana East Robinson Kotol, and Turkana South, Ward Administrator for Lokori-Kochodin, Chamale Nakilau, Ward Administrator for Lokichar, Hosea Ameripus, Tullow Officials, Waters Users Association, and community elders.