A delegation from Turkana County, led by the County Executive for Lands, Physical Planning, Housing and Urban Development Peter Akono today joined Wajir County Governor Ahmed Abdullahi and Mercy Corps Country Director Dr. Kunow Sheikh Abdi in commissioning the Wajir County Geospatial Resource Centre in Wajir Town.
The delegation, which is in Wajir as part of a benchmarking and information-sharing initiative, was impressed with the huge strides made by Wajir in the utilization of space technology and GIS to facilitate planning and management.
The team was in Wajir on invitation by the County Government of Wajir and Mercy Corps.
The Wajir Geospatial Resource Centre helps in managing the data for all the projects undertaken by the county and helps in monitoring projects that are being implemented.
In Turkana, the County Government, with support from USAID Nawiri and FAO, established and equipped a county GIS lab.
The Wajir County Government, in partnership with Mercy Corps, developed a county-wide integrated Geographic Information System (GIS) with the aim of enhancing decision-making, planning, and service delivery in the county.
The county will leverage geospatial information to address challenges faced by the county and to promote sustainable development.
CECM Akono was accompanied by Deputy County Secretary Joseph Nyang’a, Chief Officer Economic Planning John Korikel, Director Monitoring and Evaluation John Ekaru, and Economist Joseph Losengei.