By Beatrice Obwocha
The President said significant oil deposits were found in the North Rift Valley region.
The oil was discovered in Nakukulas area, 12 kilometres from Lokichar in Turkana South Constituency.
" Tullow announces that the Ngamia-1 exploration well in Kenya has encountered in excess of 20 metres of net oil pay," the statement read in part.
Tullow said they discovered oil with properties similar to the light waxy crude discovered recently in Uganda after drilling a depth of about a kilometer.
The Ngamia-1 structure is the first prospect to be tested as part of oil exploration projects being conducted by the company in Kenya and Ethiopia.
The company stated that other prospects similar to the Ngamia project had been identified rising hopes of more oil discoveries in the region.
"The well will now be drilled to a depth of approximately 2,700 metres to explore for deeper potential," Tullow stated.