The incoming County Chief Officer for Trade, Enterprise Development, and Cooperatives, Robert Loyelei has declared that for the team in the Trade Department to fully deliver on the Governor’s seventh agenda, the workforce must be motivated to work to deliver as one unit.
He said the Governor’s seventh agenda on Trade, Enterprise Development, and cooperatives should be a collective responsibility for everyone at the Department. This, Loyelei said, is a primary responsibility for all of us.
The Trade Chief Officer also urged staff to work tirelessly to deliver on their set targets. CCO pledged to find home-grown solutions to the challenges staff are facing at the workplace.
Chief Loyelei expressed his enthusiasm for joining the Trade Department saying his experience and leadership skills achieved over the years, should motivate him to move the Department to the next level.
He acknowledged that transfers are meant to improve service delivery and efficiency at work. Loyelei said, he has been the Chief Officer in Sports and Tvet for five months and so, he reliably relies on staff for performance.
The immediate outgoing Chief Officer Samuel Ekale, who on Monday morning, took over the Economic Planning Department highlighted the projects the incoming Chief Officer should prioritize once he settles into the office; Industrial Park at Kakwanyang, Biashara Centre, Katilia, and Nakalale markets.
He also indicated the need to fast-track the disbursement of Biashara and County Cooperative Development Funds.
Chief Ekale underscored the completion of the Letea and Lomokori markets, and management loan system as some of the Department’s achievements.
On Cooperatives, Ekale informed of the good progress recorded over the past year. He said, over 45 new Cooperatives have been formed.
He reiterated that the Cooperatives, Weight, and Measures are the underfunded Departments while they play very critical roles.
Cooperatives stimulate the local economy by. Enhancing saving culture and offering credit facilities to members.
On the other hand, Weights and Measures ensure traders across the County comply with the required standards of goods and services, hence protecting consumer’s rights against exploitative businesspeople.
The Gender and Youth Affairs Chief Officer, Joseph Epuu thanked the outgoing team for the dedicated job they did while welcoming onboard the new team to pick up where the other team left off.
At the same handover ceremony, the Administration team comprising of outgoing accountants and procurements got time to hand over to the incoming team to the Department.
Peter Lobali (Chief Accountant) handed over to Waiki Lokuno and Lucas Loduk. Robert Lotaruk(Senior Procurement) handed over to Augustine Ebei and Alice Chai.
On his part, the CECM for the Trade Department, David Erukudi, who witnessed the afternoon brief ceremony, wished well the outgoing team and welcomed the incoming team to the Department.
CECM Erukudi told both teams to take advantage of the two-month grace period to continue consulting each other in case their issues are of concern.
He discouraged the team from using the available time and energy for negative perceptions but instead used them for the productivity of the Department.
Shemmy Ekuwom (Director of Cooperatives), Ruth Esekon (Director of Administration), and Jeniffer Ekidor (HR) among other staff were present to witness the brief handover ceremony.