Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok has called for a review of existing donor funding structures to reduce delays in flow of resource to programmes in the grassroots.
Nanok stated that current structures where funding of development projects under sectors which fall under the mandate of County Governments have to go through the national government, have witnessed bureaucratic delays that had in many cases lasted for years.
The governor was speaking during a meeting with a delegation from the United States Permanent Mission to the United Nation (UN) based in Nairobi and the US Department of State, led by US Permanent Secretary to the UN Lori Peterson Dando, who paid him a visit today at the County Headquarters.
The meeting deliberated on matters of oil revenue sharing, cross border engagements and security as well as improvement of relations between the County Government and donor organisations, including other development partners.
The Governor insisted that a bigger percentage of investment by humanitarian organizations needed to be channeled towards projects that would directly benefit the people.
The delegation expressed the US Government’s intent of supporting the Kenyan Government in improving infrastructure that would boost security especially at the porous and potentially volatile border of South Sudan.
Also discussed was the need for appropriate legislation on oil revenue sharing formula to avert possible resource conflicts, which have been witnessed in other countries where discovery of oil turned from blessing into a curse.
In the delegation was Director with the US Department of State Bureau of International Organization Affairs Katherine Monahan and other representatives.
Other County officials in the meeting were the County Secretary Peter Eripete, Deputy CS Chris Aletia, Chief Officer in the Office of the Governor Lomari Appalia, Advisors Cpt. Augustine Lokwang’ (security), Susan Aletia (gender) among others.