President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi, during a Cabinet brief on Thursday, August 1, 2019.Image: PSCU
Kenya has joined the league of oil exporting countries of the world, President Uhuru Kenyatta announced on Thursday.
“We are now an oil exporter. Our first deal was concluded this afternoon with 200,000 barrels at a price of 12 million US dollars. So, I think we have started the journey and it is up to us to ensure that those resources are put to the best use to make our country both prosperous and to ensure we eliminate poverty,” he said during a Cabinet brief.
On June 3 last year, President Kenyatta flagged off four trucks with 156 barrels of Crude Oil from Lokichar in Turkana to Mombasa for storage at Kenya Oil Refineries Limited.
It was then announced that Kenya would only be able to ship the crude oil after hitting 200,000 barrels. It has taken a year for Tullow Oil to reach that target.
Meanwhile, Uhuru, during the briefing,
assured that the government will step up interventions aimed at containing the growing cases of cancer related deaths in the country.
He said the government, working with partners, is putting in place measures including policy interventions that will help ease the burden of the cancer disease on Kenyans.
“We need to see what more we can do to assist both in prevention but also in treatment of the disease. And we need to do that as a Government together with the county governments,” President Kenyatta said.
“This is an issue that we need to take more seriously and galvanize all of us to come up with a solution both in preventive –which is most important – but also in helping fellow Kenyans to get treatment, and get it early for those already affected by the disease,” the Head of State added.
The President who led the cabinet in a moment of silence in honour of the late Bomet Governor Dr Joyce Laboso and the late Kibra MP Ken Okoth, both of whom succumbed to cancer recently, acknowledged that cancer is fast becoming a crisis that needs urgent action.