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Tullow optimistic of oil and minerals in Kisumu County

06 May 2015, 10:47 Oduor Omondi

Kisumu - Availability of minerals and oil in Kisumu County will be known by end of this year once Tullow Oil analyses samples from the area.

The company’s country manager, Martin Mbogo said oil scanning is in progress to establish the potentiality of the oil and minerals in the block 12B.

“By end of this year, we will be able to come up with a workable work plan,” he added.

Mbogo who spoke in Kisumu during the official handing over of beyond zero mobile clinic by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, said that under private-public partnership, his organization had spent KES 7 million to purchase 7 mobile clinics for donation to the areas they are currently prospecting for oil.

He divulged that under the partnership, they have already delivered the mobile clinics to the First Lady and who has so far handed them over to Turkana, Elgeyo Marakwet, Baringo and Kisumu counties.

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The Tullow Oil Manager revealed that the company’s social investment strategy has allocated KES 400 million to go towards the health and water sectors in those areas.

He also said that his organization has set aside another KES 150 million under its group scholarship scheme to sponsor 30 Kenyan students to study courses in oil drilling.

“Five of these students are from Kisumu County,” he added.

He said the company has put up a number of schools, health facilities and dug boreholes as part of its social corporate responsibility.

The company technicians have toured various sub-counties in the Nyanza region believed to have oil deposits including Kisumu, Homa Bay, Kericho and Migori.

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