Governor Josphat Nanok has urged partners to collaborate with the County Government by strengthening partnership to enhance service delivery to the residents of Turkana.
Speaking when he hosted a team from the British High Commission in Nairobi at the County headquarters today, the Governor said that County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP) will be fully implemented if the County Government and partners work together to avoid duplication of prioritized projects.
He cited the UN Delivery as One programme and the Kalobeyei Integrated Social Economic Development Programme (KISEDP) as good examples of structured partnership in implementation of joint development activities.
He added that this allows for implementation of plans in tandem with the government as well as ensure proper monitoring and evaluation of projects for sustainability. “All UN programs are planned and implemented through Delivery as One Programme,” he said.
Governor Nanok said last week a water reticulation project was opened in Urum in Loima Sub-County as part of promoting cross border peace between North Eastern Uganda, Turkana and West Pokot.
The project was funded by the County Government, National Government and UNDP following an MOU on cross-border peace and development signed by President Uhuru Kenyatta and President Yoweri Museveni last September.
He appealed to the UK government to help the County Government in alleviating poverty in the region that is still riddled with challenges in health, water and food security which has worsen due to climate change effects. He added that though over the seven years of devolution there has been improvement in these sectors.
He revealed that his government has invested in ECDE by providing modern learning centers and teachers but transition to primary has become a major challenge due to inadequate education infrastructure.
He said that there is an urgent need for the National Government to collaborate with the County Government in this regard to improve pupil transition rate.
While briefing the British High Commission team, Governor Nanok said that the County Government recruitment of Community Health Volunteers has improved access to healthcare.
Development Director at the British High Commission in Nairobi, Richard Erlebach said that UK Government is proud to support the County Government in its devolution journey.
He said that the commission is supporting Oxford University in its planned water and sanitation project in Lodwar Municipality and other development sectors across the county.
Deputy Governor Peter Lotethiro said that currently the county is facing severe effects from climate change and need to be supported in its mitigation efforts.
Senior County Government officials present were Deputy County Secretary Robert Loyelei; Executives Emathe Namuar (Finance and Economic Planning), Chris Aletia (Water, Enviroment and Mineral Resources), Philip Aemun (Agriculture, Pastoral Economy and Fisheries) and Jane Ajele (Health and Sanitation).
Accompanying Director Erlebach was Regional Governance Advisor for Northern Kenya Joseph Akure, Team Leader Poverty, Hunger and Vulnerability Anthony Njage, Population Services Project Director Josphine Mbiyu and Deputy Head of Communication Joy Odero.