President Uhuru flags off oil trucks
President Uhuru Kenyatta flagged off four trucks ferrying oil at Ngamia eight in Turkana East Sub County in a historic event that marks the beginning of Kenya as an oil exporting country.
The President was accompanied by his Deputy, William Ruto, UK High Commissioner to Kenya, Nick Hailey, Petroleum Cabinet Secretary, John Munyes, his Transport counterpart, James Macharia and a host of other leaders.
Speaking at the event on Sunday, Kenyatta urged area residents to be careful to ensure the oil does not become a curse like it has been in other countries.
“The precious commodity must not be used to benefit a few individuals but I call upon residents to be vigilant and demand for development projects from their leaders,” he said.
At the same time, he dismissed calls to have residents share cash from the oil proceeds, saying such move was not sustainable.
“We want to make sure that the oil transforms the lives of the people through development projects that will also solve the problems of our future generations,” he said.
“We should be talking of provision of water, education and other projects like healthcare for the people,” he added.
The Governor Josphat Nanok said the county Assembly has started the process of making a law to manage the oil resource.
“The law will define how the 20 percent for the county government and the five percent for the local community will be shared,” said Nanok.
The governor also lauded the President for accepting to remove capping on the oil revenue.
Ruto also termed the event as historic, saying it would in the long run change fortunes of the country.
Meanwhile, the government targets production of 2,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day from Amosing and Ngamia fields in South Lokichar, in the first phase of oil expedition.
By Peter Gitonga