More relief food arrives

BY RASHID LOROGOI
LODWAR, TURKANA CENTRAL

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Tullow Oil, in partnership with Kenya Red Cross Society, has donated more than 300 tonnes of Ujimix and cooking oil to 50 Early Childhood Development (ECD) and 20 health centres in order to arrest the hunger in Turkana County.

Relief food will target more than 30,000 people in Turkana South, Turkana Central and Turkana North. According to the Kenya Red Cross communication officer, Ms Waiter Wairiko, this is the second distribution, and it will last for three months. Wairiko clarified that the foodstuff will go to 50 ECD schools in Turkana central, south and north, and 20 health centres across the county.

“The first consignment, including maize flour, cooking oil, salt, etc, was distributed in Turkana South alone, targeting over 50 ECD centres,” said Wairiko.

African Oil field operations manager, Mr Mario Koeck, said that the food donation was part of the company’s social based projects, among others like building of schools, planting of trees and provision of water to local communities that Tullow is working with. While flagging off distribution of the ECD relief food, Turkana County governor Josphat Nanok urged the Kenya Red Cross Society to provide green houses to ECD centres, for them to grow their own food.

 

Nanok further said the county government had employed 150 ECD teachers at a ratio of five teachers per ward. He criticised the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) for frustrating the recruitment of ECD teachers in the county by claiming that the county government had no authority to do so.






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