By GVN PRESS TURKANA
A consultative meeting to deliberate on Building Bridges Initiative report will be held next week in Lodwar, Governor Josphat Nanok has revealed.
The meeting would be a forum for leaders and professionals to analyse BBI report and identify issues that would affect the Turkana community, and come up with recommendations which will be presented to the BBI taskforce led by Yusuf Haji.
The Governor said that the meeting slated for date 6th of March at Ekaales Centre, will bring together professionals and members of clergy as well as 300 community representatives drawn from each ward of Turkana.
He was speaking in Lopur,Katilu ward during the burial of Brilliant Muya who before her death worked with the County Government as a clerical officer. He eulogised Brilliant as a staunch supporter through his political journey. The burial ceremony was attended by hundreds of mourners from across the county.
Governor Nanok advised residents to visit Lodwar County Refferal Hospital (LCRH) for cancer screening and for early detection to allow for treatment of the deadly disease.
He called for vigilance on the corona virus and announced that the County Government was putting in place plans on how to handle the disease that was first reported in China.
Governor Nanok termed as political witch-hunt hunt after a story appeared on a local daily reported that he was under graft investigation, insisting that he was confident that the truth will exonerate him and put the matter to rest. He said that while the law prevented him from doing business with the County Government due to conflict of interest, nothing prevented him from engaging in lawful private business with other companies.
On plans to attain food security, the County boss said his administration had opted for modern farming techniques such as flood-based farming system to increase food production. He said the Kakong flood-based farming pilot project will inform spread of the technique to other parts of the County.
He applauded English Premier League fans for championing community based causes and further urged them to cement the spirit through supporting local clubs in the region to help grow sports and nurture talents.
On his part, Turkana South MP James Lomenen seconded Governor Nanoks sentiments on BBI warning that Turkana leaders will not support proposals to merge counties into regional governments.
Speakers eulogised the late Brilliant Ekeno as devoted Christian and human rights activist who championed for the interest of the community.
She was laid to rest at her home village in Lopur, Katilu ward in Turkana South Sub-County.
Senior County Government officials accompanying the Governor included County Executive for Trade ,Gender and Youth Affairs Jennipher Nawoi, Chief Officers Joseph Ekalale (Office of Governor), Ariko Namoit(Roads and Transport), Gladys Arika (Public service) and Abraham Losinyen (Finance).
Others who spoke were MCAs James Abei (Katilu), David Erukudi (Lobokat), James Ikeny (Kanamkemer) Raphael Loperito (Lokichar) and Alice Nakawa (Nominated).