Kenya: Locals in oil-rich region demand accountable revenue sharing & employment opportunities as oil production begins
Author: Sammy Lutta, Daily Nation (Kenya), Published on: 28 June 2018
"Turkana residents block oil trucks over rising insecurity"
Turkana County residents on Wednesday stopped five trucks from ferrying crude oil to Mombasa over rising insecurity along the border with Baringo...
Meanwhile, members of the Lokichar business community who camped at Africa Camp Solution since Tuesday night asked Tullow Oil and the government to ensure that local firms are prioritised to do business. Led by Mr Samuel Lomodo, the business community claimed that they have been denied tenders to supply fuel to run operations. Mr Lomodo said that they also want locals in the region get their share of jobs as drivers.
At the same time, the residents also demanded that the State should come clear on the five per cent revenue share to the local community which they want channelled to their bank accounts rather than for development as rallied by a section of leaders. Turkana legislators have previously said that security must first be intensified before more oil leaves the devolved unit. At least 100 trucks of oil have ferried crude from Turkana since the first four were flagged off by Mr Kenyatta in a historic event held at the Ngamia 8 oil fields in Lokichar as part of the Early Oil Pilot Scheme.
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