Turkana Community to receive 5% of oil revenue

Written By: Rose Gakuo
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Deputy President William Ruto has reassured residents of Turkana that the Government is addressing their concerns regarding oil exploration.

This is after the exercise stalled after British Oil Company Tullow cited insecurity in the area as a major factor and stopped the transportation of oil to the coast.

Ruto says the government has resolved to have the local community receive five percent of revenue accrued from sale of the product with the Turkana county government receiving a further twenty percent.

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Residents of Turkana County have been at a crossroad with the British oil company Tullow as well as the Kenyan government on how proceeds of oil mined from the region should be shared.

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Ruto who was in the area to launch the construction of Lodwar-Lokitang Junction and Lokitang Junction-Kalobeiyei River roads now says the issues raised have been addressed conclusively.

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Ruto said area residents will benefit from the ongoing exploration with the Government and the local leadership having already agreed on a formula to share the proceeds of the venture.

He said the Government has already enhanced security in the region as it seeks to address the challenge of cattle rustling which has remained a security challenge in the region.

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Meanwhile, the Deputy President has announced  a nationwide re-registration exercise that he says will guide future economic planning an initiative that will see children issued with unique identifying numbers.

Ruto said the Country’s economic growth is the only relevant agenda for the country challenging all leaders to focus their energies on the program  instead of engaging in political  rhetoric.

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