Governor Anyang' Nyong'o Receives UN Excellence in Leadership Award

  • Kisumu Governor Anyang' Nyong'o on Thursday received an award from the United Nations Project One initiative.

    The award was presented to him in person at the governor's office in Kisumu as he was commended for his contribution toward building the lakeside city's economic status.

    "This morning I received an Excellence in Leadership Award from Project One UN for establishing an outstanding economic development initiative to establish Kisumu City as a commercial hub within the East and the Central African States," he tweeted to share the new prospect.

    A commemorative plaque was given to the governor to mark the recognition.

    In collaboration with other governors from the Lakeside Region, Governor Nyong'o launched the Lake Region Economic Bloc (LREB) earlier in the year.

    LREB Summit Chairperson and Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya received a grant worth Ksh18 million from the Ford Foundation in April.

    Ford Foundation Regional Director Mr Maurice Makoloo applauded LREB for its incorporation of women, youth and DAPs as a stand-alone pillar and further urged the need to bring on board the Non-state actors such as the Civil Societies.

    In October, the bloc held its inaugural Investment and Blue Economy conference in Bomet County which President Uhuru Kenyatta officially opened.

    "The LREB signifies the Governors' willingness to invest in their vision in time, resources, and effort. A vision that is in line with my agenda to develop the country’s Blue Economy as well as embrace technology to further enhance our agricultural sector," the president noted.

    LREB has incorporated governors from Siaya, Homa Bay, Migori, Kakamega, Bungoma, Busia, Vihiga, Trans Nzoia, Kisii, Nyamira, Bomet, Nandi, Kisumu and Kericho.