County government of West Pokot is an official member of the frontier counties development council, a regional block demanding a Kshs.14 billion equalization fund.
The council is comprised of pastoral counties, which have long suffered from marginalization since the colonial era.
FCDC chairman, who is also Mandera county boss, Governor Ali Roba said the equalization fund will help spur economic growth in pastoral communities.
“This kitty has been set aside for counties such as ours. We have lagged behind for far too long from the rest of the country. We want the government to release these funds.” Said Governor Roba.
Governor Prof. Lonyangapuo who spoke after the county was admitted to the council said that it was time for frontier counties to strengthen their economy and livelihoods together.
He added that great economic potential lies in pastoral communities, pointing out that it was time that these counties came together as a block so as to demand for their share from the national government.
“Our counties have remained behind due to lack of infrastructure. Poor road networks, lack of clean water among other challenges have been our major setback. But I believe we are headed in the right direction as a regional block.” Said the governor.
Counties set to benefit from the kitty are West Pokot, Turkana, Wajir, Samburu, Lamu, Mandera, Marsabit, Tana River, Narok, Kwale, Isiolo, Garissa, Kilifi and Taita Taveta.