Yesterday the 19th October 2017, the entire team of Executives which was on a one week induction course at Mombasa Beach Hotel paid a courtesy call at Kilindini port. The team was lead by the newly, fairly and credibly elected Governor Fahim Yassin Twaha. All the Ministers were present and the Deputy Governor was among the team members.
It was a familiarization tour of port activities, establishing a friendly partnership between Lapset and Kilindini /KPA, to review the Lapset progress with other stakeholders and to exchange ideas concerning both parties.
The delegation was received and hosted by the KPA MD Catherine Wairi, Edward Kamau, Marketing Manager and Engineer Peter Oremo , the Lapset project Manager and other Senior KPA staff.
The hosts were very happy to be visited by the Lamu County Executives and said they were looking forward for a full working cooperation between them. The Engineer commented that he was more than satisfied with the Lapset progress and could confirm that it will start operations as scheduled. He added that the port area needs a further expansion to accommodate the high number of berths. The completion of the first three berths will enable the port to start its operations on time. This will lead to employment of thousands of Lamu County residents.
The team then toured different areas of the port and witnessed the activities taking place.
His Excelency the Governor appreciated the grand reception accorded to his entourage and said his government was ready to work with KPA and all other stakeholders of Lapset. He asked the Lapset project Manager to facilitate the sponsorship of 600 students out of 1000 who are yet to benefit from the training. He also requested Lapset to assist the County communities with infrastructure development such as schools and dispensaries.
Access to information is all what every citizen want, and that is when the idea of coming up with information centers came to people’s head. Since devolution, citizens have been enjoying government services in their counties. Access to information being one of it, Lamu County Government, through the ICT department decided to fulfill this to its residents by building information centers.
Among the places in Lamu County where this project had been implemented is Mpeketoni, Bahari ward in Lamu west sub-county. The project was meant to bring close government services to the people of Mpeketoni. Since there was a place allocated, a permanent building has been constructed at Ward Administrator’s office; where earlier it was at former Red Cross offices.
A total amount of ksh1.2M was used to cater the cost of the project to completion, with a full setup consisting of furniture, a television, internet and five computers. It was completed since 2015 and been operating from that time to date.
Since information centers were found being effective to people, the county Government of Lamu through the ICT department had already implemented the project to other places like Faza and Kiunga.
Eight existing primary health facility is set to be fenced in this financial year 2017/2018 by the department of health service, environment and sanitation in Lamu County.
The health facilities which will benefit in this planned project are:-
- Maisha Masha
- Katsakakairu and Moa.
These facilities are from Mkomani, Kiunga, Bahari, Witu and Basuba ward in Lamu County. According to chief officer of Health Mohamed Abubakar, the project will secure the facilities from land grabbers and interference from wild animals.
“This financial year we have planned to fence our dispensaries, we have targets 8 of them, as we all know land is wealth and there is need to secure our lands and to protect our expensive facilities that we have purchased for our health centers by fencing them”.
This project will cost 16 million shillings from county government of Lamu.
H.E Lamu County Governor, Fahim Yassin Twaha during the swearing-in ceremony of CECS that took place today 12th October 2017 at Mokowe Headquarters. While speaking to the congregation, He promised to talk to the MPs and Women representatives to submit a bill for salary increment and suitable allowances to the parliament for consideration by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC), believing that this will be an effective way to rise the health sector whereby it will stop the regular strikes of the health workers.
He said there is a need to bring specialists in Lamu and also to build houses to accommodate health officers; this will make it suitable for their stay, enough equipment and medicines to provide suitable services to Lamu County residents.
Among the promises that he gave were; to end water shortage by supplying water from Tana River to Lamu, improving youth education through offering scholarships and fairness in bursary allocations, issuing of title deeds to the rightful land owners and compensating the owners whose land was used for Lamu county headquarters offices and to come up with a good building plan for Mokowe town which will lead to development of the town.
The governor thanked the previous CECs team for their sacrifices and commitment in serving Lamu County and urged the new ones to cooperate and work together to bring developments in Lamu County.