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Governors in North Rift to work as team

10 May 2013, 13:52 Kelvin Wanjohi

Governors from counties in the North Rift region have teamed up to form a formidable alliance that will foster social integration, peaceful co-existence and propel economic growth.

The governors from the six counties in the region - Nandi, Uasin Gishu, Elgeyo Marakwet, Trans Nzoia, West Pokot and Turkana - will employ a collective approach to their economic blueprint using their common resources and institutions in order to foster equitable development.

Subsequently, development projects, institutions and industries will be put up collectively to stir common economic activities to propel the sectors for the good of the North Rift people.

The six governors forging a common front include Dr. Cleophas Lagat (Nandi), Jackson Mandago (Uasin Gishu), Simon Kachapin (West Pokot), Alex Tolgos (Elgeyo-Marakwet), Patrick Khaemba (Trans Nzoia) and Josephat Nanok (Turkana).

Referring to the economic plans for the region, Nandi County governor Dr. Cleophas Lagat said that by utilising common facilities such as cottage industries, the counties will avoid duplication and at the same time curb wastage, a move that will help them achieve more using lesser resources.

“As governors, we need to work together and address common issues which will propel economic growth and development in the region,” he noted.

Uasin Gishu governor Jackson Mandago their proposal is to pool resources to minimize wastage and initiate small and medium scale industries to create employment opportunities.

The region is the country’s bread basket with vibrant horticulture and pastoralism as key economic activities.

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