The Council of Governors (CoG) chairman Wycliffe Oparanya has met Kisumu Governor Prof. Anyang' Nyong'o who briefed him on the status of preparedness by the county to combat Covid-19.
Governor Oparanya, who was accompanied by devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa and Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong, also discussed the issue of floods in the region and how to address the menace.
"We discussed the issue of ravaging floods and how to help the affected victims and deal with the effects of floods in the region. Later we proceeded to Nyando area to distribute food to flood victims," said Oparanya.
Earlier last week Oparanya had hinted that the formation and operations of the lake region economic bloc(LOREB) will be revisited once proper legal framework is put in place.
“The yet to be fully operational economic blocs in the country are six but the implementation process has stalled after there was no laws to govern them making it hard for counties to transfer funds to the bloc’s bank as we had no framework policies in place and we have pushed it up to the advanced stage and we hope the devolution cabinet secretary Eugene Wamalwa will approve it's passing into law to enable us move on, in fact we have recalled all our workers back to their respective counties until the policy framework is up and working for the blo'cs country wide. " he said.
On the issue of cane farming, the governor said the sugar task force was at the Presidential level where him, cabinet secretary of agriculture and his finance counterpart are working to ensure that the sugar regulations are ready and ensure that the scrapped sugar act of 2012 is re-introduced through pushing for its passing in the national assembly.
The governor also assured maize farmers that the government was not importing maize but had allowed some private sector to import to fill the gap since the national cereals and produce board (NCPB) failed to purchase the commodity in plenty leaving many farmers with a lot of stock of the same.