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Rangers being flagged off to attend the trainingTurkana County Government (TCG) is devoted to developing wildlife resources in the County and is determined to continue exploring its potentiality to benefit the entire community,Turkana county CEC for Energy ,Environment and Natural Resources Jane Ajele has said . Being the principal owner of Turkana South National Reserve (TSNR), TCG has partnered with Kenya Wildlife Reserve (KWS) and other key stakeholders to protect, conserve, develop and market tourism and other related services within and around the reserve. There are several challenges faced in the conservation and tourism development at the TSNR with the main challenges being, insecurity, poaching (Ivory and Bush-meat), inadequate awareness among communities and inadequate funding for operations, lack of marketing, insufficient game drive circuits (infrastructure) and lack of a jointly developed management plans. To counter these challenges and also as a sign of commitment, on 19th January, 2017,TCG and KWS signed an MOU on the management of TSNR. Since then many developments have been made and today in a Colorful event held at the Lokichar ward administrators office in Turkana South, TCG through the ministry of Energy and Natural Resources flagged off and officially released 65 community rangers to attend a 3 months technical training on Wildlife management and Conservation at the KWS law enforcement Academy- Manyani in Taita Taveta County. This follows a recent approval by the County Security and Intelligence Committee for the rangers to be trained.
Tullow Oil Kenya has fully funded the program and paid full training fees for the rangers. The event was graced by the CEC, Jane Ajele who was accompanied by the Director Environment Clement Nadio and Environment Deputy director Pauline Ng’oli.
In her speech during the event, Minister Ajele congratulated the rangers for patience and perseverance as the county government and other stakeholder worked on technicalities and logistics for their training at Manyani Academy.
She advised the rangers to work hard, maintain high level of discipline, display team work and to ensure they complete their training. Jane Ajele also conveyed county government message of goodwill and success to the rangers as they travel for a three month training. “I take this opportunity to convey warm message of good luck from H.E Josephat Nanok Koli Nanok, the County Governor of Turkana County as well as the County Secretary Hon. Peter Eripete”, Said Ajele. Director Nadio in his address informed the rangers that they are expecting to always get positive feedback from the entire group and asked them to uphold good morals during their training. “Display good morals during the training and high standard of discipline ,don’t misbehave. Instead, let us always get good feedback and report about you”, said Nadio,whose sentiments were seconded by Pauline Ng'oli.
Also present at the event were Turkana South Sub-county administrator Christopher Lokooli, KWS officials and a host of ward administrators drawn from Turkana south. Tullow Operations and External Affairs manager Edward Mungatana said that the training is important noting that after completion, the rangers will come back skilled enough to manage and protect the wildlife from any external attack.
Mungatana called upon TCG to work with other partners willing to support such programs, a request that Minister Ajele concurred with saying. “TCG is ready to have more partners, we are a county that embraces development partners equally as we have done with Tullow”. In her closing remarks, the CEC thanked all stakeholders for playing key role in materializing the program and making it successful.

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