The company spent over KShs4 million constructing the Lokichieda and Nalemkais Primary Schools in Turkana South. These new facilities mean that local students can now experience learning in modern classrooms which shelter them from harsh weather conditions in this semi-desert environment.
Speaking during a ceremony at Nalemkais Primary School in Turkana County yesterday Tullow Kenya’s Country Manager, Martin Mbogo, said:
“The company is committed to investing in the development of the communities in which it operates. We will continue to work closely with stakeholders across our exploration areas to ensure that our activities within these areas are a catalyst for new opportunities which bring long-term socio-economic development. We are committed to doing this in a manner that is balanced and responsible so as to create shared prosperity.”
Mr Mbogo went on to add,
“Being a responsible company, a safe operator and a good neighbour have always sat at the heart of Tullow’s business so achieving our vision of becoming the leading independent exploration and production company must be matched by a social investment plan that reflects our level of commitment.”
Area Member of Parliament and Assistant Minister for Forestry and Wildlife, Hon. Josephat Koli Nanok, lauded Tullow for its commitment to community investment, which has been evident despite its short time operating in Kenya. Also present during the occasion the Hon. John Munyes, Minister for Labour, echoed the challenges of accessing education in Northern Kenya.
Tullow Oil recently announced the Ngamia-1 discovery in Kenya’s Rift Basin. The company will continue to drill additional wells in order to establish the commerciality of the discovery. Tullow Oil currently operates six licence areas in Kenya including Block 10A, Block 10BA, Block 10BB, Block 13T, Block 12A and Block 12B. These Blocks are spread across the Marsabit, Baringo, Malindi and Kisumu Counties. Tullow is also a partner in offshore Block L8, currently operated by Apache Corp.