The European Union (EU) has given a grant of Sh.110 million for the completion of the modern Nasukuta abattoir in West Pokot County.
Speaking on Thursday at the site during a tour of various projects by the Frontier Counties Development Council (FCDC) governors, the area governor, Prof. John Lonyangapuo said the abattoir required a total of S68 million and the county government would foot the remaining Sh58 million.
The modern abattoir needs S68 million to be completely operational. The EU has given us a grant of S10 million and my government has given out the remaining Sh58 million, said Lonyangapuo.
He said the money would be used for completion of pending structures and purchase of equipment, hoping that the facility will be operational by December this year and the work to start in the next two weeks.
The facility was initiated by the national government and had spent over S20 million in the construction before handing over to the county government of West Pokot.
The governor said the main objective of the project was to add value to the local livestock sector by providing meat processing infrastructure at export level standards leading to access to international market.
The Devolution Cabinet Secretary (CS), Eugene Wamalwa said the government was set to pay maize farmers who supplied their produce to NCPB by next week, saying vetting of the genuine farmers has been completed.
Wamalwa said the government embarked on vetting farmers in April after discovering that unscrupulous traders had imported cheap grain from Uganda and supplied it to NCPB to benefit from the Sh.3, 200 offered per 90 kilo bag.
I am happy to announce that vetting is over and the government is ready to pay out the genuine farmers. National treasury released Sh.1.4 billion for farmers and the exercise of payment will start next week. We will pay all unpaid farmers before the start of the purchase for this season,’ said the CS.
The CS said the national government will partner with FCDC and donors to initiate an irrigation scheme at Turkwel dam downstream, to alleviate food shortage and bring to an end dependency on relief food.
He called on the Pokot and Turkana people to promote peace and unity among themselves in order to reap the benefits of the new economic bloc.
Turkana and Pokot people living in and around Turkwel area have no choice but to live together peacefully to reap the benefits of the new economic bloc. We shall also built dams along the borders of frontier counties,’ said Wamalwa.
He said that Nasukuta Abattoir will help the region to improve economically and boost livelihoods of the residents and open the area as an industrial hub.
The Chairman of FCDC who is also Mandera governor, Ali Roba said time has come for pastoralists to lead economically and move away from always complaining of being marginalized.
We agreed that we were left out for over 50 years in terms of development and time has come to change this narrative. The 11 FCDC counties inhabit regions endowed immensely with resources that largely remain untapped. We have to come together assisted by national government and donors to tap these resources and change the livelihood of our people,’ said Roba.
The FCDC governors visited Kenya- Uganda border and laid the foundation stone for the construction of Kanyerus peace border school to benefit children from the two countries. The project aimed at nurturing peaceful coexistence among pupils, neighbouring communities and boost cross-border relations. They also visited projects in Kanyarkwat, Kacheliba and Turkwel before the closure of a three day conference at Nasukuta Abattoir.
Lonyangapuo said similar schools would be built at Apuke, Akulo, Nauyopong and Sabulimoi, adding that Katikomor school was under construction.
Other governors present were Muhamud Mohamed (Marsabet), Muhammed Kuti (Isiolo), Mohamed Abdi (Wajir) Moses Lenokulai (Samburu), and Peter Lotethito (deputy governor Turkana). Guest governors were Alex Tolgos (Elgeyo � Marakwet) and Patrick Khaemba (Trans Nzoia) among other visitors.
Source: Kenya News Agency