Philip Ebei Aemun has officially assumed office at ministry of Agriculture, Pastoral Economy and Fisheries in a handover ceremony chaired by the County Secretary, Peter Eripete on Tuesday morning at Mifugo Complex.
The Immediate former County Executive for Agriculture, Chris Aletia and Chief officers; Jacob Lolelea (Agriculture and Land Reclamation) and Abdullahi Yusuf (Fisheries, Livestock Production and Veterinary Services) were present.
In his remarks, Eripete called for teamwork among Government officers, noting that it would ease service delivery to residents of Turkana.
He called for professionalism among the civil servants and further challenged them to be ready to withstand criticism from different quarters that he said comes with holding public offices.
Eripete acknowledged shortage of staff in some department but said that the County Government was working on modalities to fill the gap despite the ballooning wage bill that he revealed was straining recruitment of additional staff.
Eripete who is also the head, County Public Service cautioned absentee civil servants urging staff to be at their work station to offer service to Wananchi.
Improved service delivery to residents of Turkana, Eripete said, was key priority for the County Government.
CEC Philip Aemun promised to coordinate with the ministry staff to sustain the already existing investment projects so as to attain the County Government agenda on food security.
CEC Aletia who was transferred to the ministry of water briefed the new County Executive on a host of existing projects and policies that the departments were implementing during his tenure.
Also present were several directors, administrators and host of staff drawn from the ministry of Agriculture, Pastoral Economy and Fisheries.
By Peter Gitonga