January 15, 2024 (Public Communications and Media Relations)
Today, Deputy Governor Dr John Erus hosted a delegation from the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in his office at the County Government HQ, ahead of the IOM’s Workshop on Climate Change Induced Displacement in Turkana.
The Deputy Governor recognized the immense commitment of IOM to support development in the county. He reiterated that the County Government of Turkana was committed to establishing an enabling environment for partner organisations to implement programmes.
IOM in partnership with the Government of Japan has an ongoing one-year project addressing climate impacts and climate-induced conflicts through providing humanitarian assistance to the most drought-affected communities in Turkana and Garissa.
Following their two-day workshop in Lodwar, the IOM will hand over a TVET and 900 goats to over 300 beneficiaries, animal feed distribution, and vaccination of livestock in Lokichar.
John Olof, Programme Coordinator Humanitarian at IOM South Sudan said there are numerous projects ongoing in Turkana such as training of officers to hold peace dialogues between Turkana and West Pokot counties.
“We are working round the clock to extend our support, ensuring that we are fully staffed and can facilitate development and design tracking assessment measures,” the Deputy Governor added.
Dr Erus advised that more areas within the county require focus such as the Kalokol region struggling with water supply, and border areas along West Pokot and Uganda that need to be considered.
The Deputy Governor also added, “We look at each region as an economic bloc to unravel their potential, and that is how we envision peacebuilding in Turkana.”
IOM members present were Kaho Yamaguchi- Emergency and Stabilization Programme Officer, Johan Olof- Programme Coordinator Humanitarian, IOM Sudan, Kadija Ali- Project Assistant, Samuel Cabrado- Operation Officer/Lead Emergency Preparedness and Response, and Patrick Maina-Wash Project Assistant, Hudayi-DTM.