Turkana County Governor Josephat Nanok was on Wednesday given a standing ovation when he delivered his address during a visit by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto.
Governor Nanok in his opening remarks said despite being in the opposition he had left the devolution conference in Naivasha to welcome the Head of State in his county.
“Your Excellency the President and your Deputy welcome to Lodwar, welcome to Turkana county, we have waited for you for long. I respected you visit today because you are the Head of State and the President of Kenya,”said Nanok amid wild cheers.
The county boss said his government has made great strides since he took over in 2013 and that contrary to claims by his critics the county government has received Kshs 33 billion and not Kshs 50 billion as some have been claiming.
He said his administration had allocated the funds to numerous projects that have been felt across the 30 wards.
“There are those with eyes and they choose not to see, there are also those with ears and they don’t want to listen. That is the problem with politics but we have done our best and residents in Turkana have felt that,”he said.
Governor Nanok said as the first elected county governor he inherited a lot of challenges that had docked the region since Independence.
“The challenges we had in this county for the last 52 years are enormous and the money we receive is like a drop in the ocean. We have been allocating 70 per cent of our share towards development since we began but it still is not enough since according to our County Integrated Development Plan(CIDP) we need Kshs 45 billion every year to solve the problems we have in Turkana,”Nanok added.