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Turkana County, often misconceived as inhospitable terrain, is in fact a hidden gem of economic opportunity. Despite its arid appearance, Turkana boasts vast mineral resources that hold the promise of transformative growth for the region.

Under the leadership of Mr. Stanley Loter, the County Director of Mineral Resources, Turkana’s true potential is being recognized. Spanning 68,000 square kilometers, it stands as Kenya’s second-largest devolved unit, offering a rich tapestry of natural resources.

During a recent visit, Cabinet Secretary Salim Mvurya emphasized the importance of collaboration between the government and local authorities to unlock Turkana’s mineral wealth sustainably. With over 21 high-value minerals identified, including precious stones and strategic minerals, the region holds significant economic promise.

Artisanal miners, led by Mr. Joseph Ekiru, are already tapping into Turkana’s mineral wealth, with gold deposits in Nadapal and Lokitang attracting considerable interest. This burgeoning mining sector is expected to drive employment and economic growth in the region.

Governor Jeremiah Lomorukai underscores the need for partnerships to promote responsible mining practices and maximize the benefits for Turkana’s residents. Plans are underway to establish infrastructure such as a Mineral Identification and Testing laboratory and a Gemstone Center to support the sector’s development.

As Turkana positions itself as a hub for mineral exploitation, collaboration between the state and private investors will be crucial. By leveraging its abundant resources in a sustainable manner, Turkana is poised to chart a path towards lasting economic prosperity.

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By: Montel Kamau

Serrari Financial Analyst

24th May, 2024

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