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“We need to learn from each other and see what works in one country and replicate in the other. We cannot be going to other parts of the world to look for African solutions when we have our brothers with whom we share many things in common close to us”, said Plateau State Governor and Chairman of the Northern States Governors Forum Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong during his recent visit to Kenya.
The Plateau State Governor and his delegation, were in the country upon invitation by the Council of Governors, on a Peer Review visit on behalf of the Northern Governors Forum which saw him visit Murang’a, Nakuru and Kericho Counties in order to explore areas of collaboration that both devolved jurisdictions can learn from.
Furthermore, H.E Lalong held various discussions on issues dwelling around Agriculture Value Addition and tackling poverty through the utilization of cooperatives.
In Murang’a County, H.E Lalong was received by the Governor and CoG Vice Chair H.E Mwangi Wa Iria at his County office, where they held discussions on H.E Lalong’s mission in areas of collaboration for the countries.
Accompanied by the host Governor H.E Mwangi Wa Iria and Kericho Governor H.E Prof. Paul Chepkwony, the Nigerian delegation first stop was at the Murang’a Diary Processing Factory where they were shown round the whole milk production chain and packaging processes respectively. The projects is a value addition initiative by the County Government that provides farmers with ready market for their milk. Since its inception, farmers have recorded minimal losses and better returns from the milk they sell to the factory.
H.E Lalong echoed that the Northern part of Nigeria had similar characteristics with many Counties in Kenya which were mostly agrarian and relied on food production for income and employment opportunities.
It is noted that Plateau State shares similar topography and weather with Murang’a and as such will be interested in forging closer relations that will yield positive results for the benefits of the citizens of both States.
The delegation then proceeded to Naivasha in Nakuru County where H.E Lalong and his delegation visited Oserian Flower Farm Limited and held discussions with the MD Neil Hellings on prospects for training and investments that can be adopted in Plateau State and other northern Nigeria States. Before leaving for Kericho, the delegation paid a courtesy call to Nakuru Governor H.E Lee Kinyanjui at his office.
While in Kericho County, both Governors initiated talks in gearing towards identifying and establishing trade opportunities between the two governments This was as a result of a tour of the Chepseon Dairies Ltd, Toror Tea Factory and later Kenya Tea Packers (KETEPA) where both governments made a commitment of entering into partnership aimed at exploring and exploiting possible trade opportunities between Kericho and Plateau State with Kenyan tea being the main focus.
The two leaders agreed to push for the expedition of the ongoing registration of KETEPA products by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in Nigeria. Currently, Nigeria imports 4.2m kgs of Kenyan tea, and with this new engagement, the leaders said the volumes are expected to rise.
The Nigeria – Kenya visit by the Nigerian Governors is the initial peer learning visit by Nigerian Governors to Kenya where both Countries have adopted a devolved system of Governance. Though Nigeria has had the system for longer, Kenya enjoys global recognition as one of the most rapidly devolved countries in the world. The only Country to devolve 14 function at once. Nigeria, even as elder brothers have a lot they can adopt from Kenya.
Governor Lalong who is representing 19 other Governors from the Northern part of Nigeria agreed to deliver the message to his counterparts about Kericho's tasty tea among other products.

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