Tullow oil opens an Enterprise Development Centre

Tullow National Content Coordinator Bethwell Sang has urged Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Turkana County to take advantage of the Enterprise Development Centre (EDC) opened in Lokichar last month.

Speaking at the opening of a four -day training bringing together business men and women drawn from Turkana South and East sub-counties representing 36 business entities, Sang said the EDC will be a one-stop centre for capacity building and mentorship for businesses in Turkana.

The training which is the first of its kind was conducted by Daniel Muriuki of Equity Group Foundation (EGF) who are the leading consultants for the capacity building.

EGF delivered this training as part of the wider capacity building agenda by Tullow’s partner Africa Oil through Lundin Foundation.

The trainers urged the participants to take ethics and morals seriously as they are the foundation of every good entrepreneur.

They emphasised that decisions must be clear on what one stands for in business.

Key among the areas covered by the training included costing, marketing, financing, public and private procurement, ICT for business, business planning and family and business.

“ We as an arts and sign writing business have learnt a great detail in planning for our business, record keeping , how to finance and how to talk to our customers in a respectful manner,” said James Aletea of Southern Bees Youth Group from Lokichar.

“ I never knew that record keeping is a wide field in business because I was only keeping my daily cash record but not keeping other records about my business,” Samuel Esapar Emanman of Yoke Construction and Supplies Limited said.

Business owners who missed the training in Lodwar, Lokori and Lokichar are encouraged to register at the nearest TCRC .

The next round of training will be conducted mid January.

The EDC is based in Lokichar within the compound hosting the Tullow Community Resource Centre (TCRC).

Meanwhile, the community in Kaptir in Turkana South received the Koogito water project during a function presided over by Sub-County Administrator John Lokoli.

Lokoli said, “We appreciate Tullow for responding to community’s challenges in Education, Health and Water. This project solves the water challenges that the Kaputir community has experienced for many years.”

The Community members were thankful and hopeful that this project will also benefit neighbouring villages. The water project will directly serve 2000 residents of the village and lessen the distance to the closest water point by 8 Kilometres as well as enhance hygiene and health of community members.

The Community members pledged to sustain the project to ensure it continues to benefit the community in future.

By Peter Gitonga