On Tuesday, Irish Ambassador to Kenya Dr Vincent O’Neill began a three day visit to Marsabit accompanied by his wife Brona.
His first meeting was with Marsabit County Governor Mohamud Ali at the County Headquarters and Concern Country Director Amina Abdulla. Discussions covered the successes and challenges of devolution, cross border peace initiative, integration of communities, exploration of natural resources, business investment plans and humanitarian crisis response.
During the meeting, the Ambassador presented the Governor with a copy of the first ever augmented reality book Elephants Wear Ivory.
The Ambassador and the Governor then visited Moi Girls School where he led the tree planting ceremony.
On the second day of his visit, Ambassador O’Neill visited an outreach health facility in Maikona, North Marsabit with Deputy Governor Solomon Gubo and Ms Abdulla where he witnessed excellent primary health care service delivery by county government in cooperation with Concern Kenya, supported by UNICEF Kenya and USAID.
While there, Dr O’Neill met Community Birth Referral Agents (CBRAs).
On Thursday, the Irish Ambassador viewed the Concern Kenya supported solar water supply system which is providing very much needed support to Maikona Girls Secondary School in North Marsabit.
This project is a huge contributor towards the effort to keep girls attending the school.
While at the school, the Ambassador also took part in another tree planting ceremony.
Amb Dr. @VincentONIRL speaking at the conclusion of a 3 days visit of #Marsabit this week @ConcernKenya @GovMohamudAli @EUinKenya @KenyaGovernors @PhilipOgola @Irish_Aid @AmbMKamau pic.twitter.com/Xdc05PfItG
— Embassy of Ireland (@IrlEmbKenya) May 18, 2018
Marsabit is the largest county in Kenya and has a population of 291,166. Its capital is Marsabit and its largest town Moyale.