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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI, 3RD JUNE,2018-State house has confirmed that President Uhuru Kenyatta will today Sunday in Turkana flag off the first batch of crude oil from Lokichar oil fields.
State house spokesman Manoah Esipisu confirmed the trip via a tweet from the Sagana State Lodge on Sunday morning.
“From a Kenyan treasure, heading to treasure. Mt Kenya looms large in the background as we head to Turkana to catch a glimpse of our oil,” he stated.
Even as many view this move as a blessing ,a standoff brews between the national government and local community in Turkana county who have since rejected the five percent revenue allocation allocated to it.They term it as very little and have been urging the government to increase it to at least until 10 percent.
President Kenyatta is expected to address this concerns from the locals.
Last month Uhuru met Turkana leaders at State House announcing that the public will get 75 per cent through the national government.
The county would get 20 per cent while the local community will be guaranteed five per cent of the proceeds if the pilot succeeds.
It is the first time Kenya is extracting oil resources in the northern part of the country.
Tullow Oil Plc, the company exploring the resource, says an estimated 60,000 barrels of crude oil will be produced from the Ngamia and Amosing fields per day.
The president is also expected to address infrastructure challenges as the region is reeling under the effects of flooding which has rendered most roads impassable.