Archives May 2021

*Build Your Own Dreams*

Mombasa Port is 125 years old today and chances are high that the one reading this, knows no one working at Kenya Ports Authority. Right?

However, thousands of families are today depending on Mombasa Sea Port because they were able to establish businesses to serve the port or serve the people coming to the port.

Today, Lamu has a similar window like Mombasa but the beauty of Lamu is that what took Mombasa 125 years will take Lamu 15-20 years, meaning we all have a chance of seeing Lamu be like in Mombasa today.

To our great people of Lamu, let us think business- this is the easiest turn around for every man. We have a plan, let’s execute it.

#TujengeLamu

POLIO VACCINATION CAMPAIGN KICKS OFF IN LAMU

County Government of Lamu through it’s Department of Health Services in partnership with the State Ministry of Health have officially launched phase one of Polio campaign and vaccination targeting all children under the age of five years in Lamu.

The house to house campaign by the health workers started today Friday 22nd May 2021 and will run through to the 26th of May 2021.

The campaign targets to have over 25,104 children in Lamu vaccinated as well as sensitize Lamu residents on the deadly disease.

Polio is a deadly disease that does not only cause paralysis and disability but can also result in loss of life.

Parents and guardians across the county have been urged to accord health officials all the necessary cooperation during the exercise and avail their children for vaccination.

A national Polio risk assessment identified 13 counties as being at high risk including Lamu due to its proximity to the Somali border.

The other counties include, Mandera, Isiolo, Wajir, Garissa,Tana River, Kilifi, Mombasa, Kitui, Machakos, Kajiado, Kiambu and Nairobi.

In February this year, six polio cases were confirmed from samples picked from sewage material in Garissa and Mombasa counties. The polio virus was also found in three children who entered Kenya from Somalia, increasing risk of spreading due to cross border migration.

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For more information contact:

Lamu County Government Communications Office at info@lamu.go.ke

PRESIDENT KENYATTA COMMISSIONS LAMU PORT- LAMU COUNTY

President Uhuru Kenyatta has officially launched the first berth of the 32-berth seaport in Lamu County.

Two more berths will be completed by the end of this year, completing the first phase.

In a historic move, nine years since the construction of the Lamu port begun, President Uhuru witnessed the docking of the Singaporean MV CAP Carmel, the first ship to dock at the deep sea port.

Accompanied by 10 governors, four cabinet secretaries and host of regional leaders, the Head of State termed the Lamu port as a key milestone in the roll-out of the regional Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia Transport Corridor project (LAPSSET).

Uhuru called on the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) to apply the local content rule to ensure the local community benefits fully from the mega infrastructure project.

“For a very long time, we have had issues of marginalisation in this region. The word marginalisation should be unheard of and all Kenyans should be given equal opportunities,” said Uhuru.

Lamu Governor Fahim Twaha congratulated the National Government for its commitment in ensuring the project kicks off, “Lamu Port will unlock the potential of Lamu county bringing with it great opportunities for our youths, investors and development partners ” Said the Governor.

He further requested President Uhuru to consider the projected influx of thousands of people to Lamu, saying additional funding from the National Government will be critical in ensuring seamless continuity in provision of basic amenities”

Lamu gets the least allocation based on the 2019 census. However with the existence of this sea port the population will increase significantly and that means all the population will have to depend on the existing county allocation. Our services will be strained and we therefore ask the National Government to consider ensuring Lamu gets extra allocation to cater for the great numbers expected to move to Lamu” added Governor Fahim.

Uhuru said they will in a few months time come back to Lamu with several African heads of state to launch all the three berths of the Port. The President had earlier today inspected the Garsen-Witu- Minjila Lamu road .

In attendance was Cabinet Secretary James Macharia, Governor Amason Kingi (Kilifi), Salim Mvurya (Kwale), Ali Korane (Garissa ) Dhado Godana (Tanariver), Stanley Kiptis (Baringo), Moses Lenolkulal (Samburu), Muthomi Njuki (Tharaka Nithi), Nderitu Muriithi (Laikipia) Mohamed Kuti (Isiolo) among Lamu Senator and MPs.

Lamu Port which has deeper and longer berths is being positioned as a transshipment facility where bigger ships could bring cargo for redistribution in the region.

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For more information contact:

Lamu County Government Communications Office at info@lamu.go.ke

FREE YOUTHS TRAINING OPPORTUNITY; CALL FOR APPLICATION

UBUNTU LEADERS ACADEMY- JUMUIYA YA KAUNTI ZA PWANI (KENYA) TRAINING IN PARTNERSHIP WITH LAMU COUNTY GOVERNMENT EDITION 2021

*Deadline for applications: 29th May 2021*

Applications are now open for the Ubuntu Leaders Academy –Jumuiya ya Kaunti za Pwani (Kenya) Training Edition 2021.

The training is a non-formal education project aimed at training young people with high leadership potential from social organizations, academic institutions, government agencies that promote youth leadership.

The training seeks to empower young leaders with knowledge and skills to become more caring, listening, trusting and serving humanity more effectively learning from the examples of leaders such as Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, Desmond Tutu, Martin Luther King among others.

Themed Seminars

• Leading like Mandela

• Building Bridges

• Overcoming Obstacles

• Ubuntu Lives

• I have a Dream

• Social Entrepreneurship

*Training levels*

• 30 (participants) Training of Trainers – TOT ( 5 trainees from each county) • 120 (participants) Ubuntu Leaders Academy – ULA ( 20 trainees from each county)

*Eligibility*

To be eligible applicants must have:

• Completed basic high school education.

• When applying to be a trainer, applicants must have post high school qualifications, confirmed leadership skills and training experience.

• Be a young person between 18 and 35 years wanting to impact society positively.

• Good communication skills and fluent in English and Swahili, both written and spoken.

• Be a resident of counties under Jumuiya ya Kaunti za Pwani (Mombasa, Kwale, Taita Taveta, Kilifi, Tana River and Lamu).

• Have a National ID.

• Interested in social entrepreneurship or have a business idea in line with Blue Economy (Tourism and Cultural Heritage).

• Applicants to the ULA must commit to attend a 6-day residential training as from 16th June 2021.. Applicants to training positions must commit to attend a 3- day residential seminar, followed by a 6-day, (Mon-Fri) residential seminar for on-the-job training as from 4th June 2021

• Be a change maker and committed to service in your community

.• Demonstrate leadership i.e. be able to demonstrate your involvement in leadership activities in your community i.e. at school, church/mosque/temple etc.

• Please note, the training is free- of-charge, accommodation, transport and meals will be provided by the organization.

To apply click here.https://ula-goblue.carrd.co/

KPA, LCDA TAKE LAMU LEADERS ON PORT FAMILIARISATION TOUR

President Uhuru Kenyatta is scheduled to officially launch the Ksh310 billion Lamu Port this week, as the country positions itself as a major regional economic hub.

During a LAPSSET Corridor Development Authority(LCDA) and Kenya Ports Authority(KPA) consultative meeting with County and National leaders, led by H.E Governor Fahim Twaha and County Commissioner Mr. Irungu Macharia on the planned operationalization of the multi-billion-dollar project, Lamu leaders appealed for the local content rule to be applied on the infrastructure projects to fully benefit the local community.

Governor Fahim Twaha, Lamu West MP Hon. Stanley Muthama, Women Rep Captain Ruweida Mohammed Obo, Lamu County Assembly speaker Abdul Kassim Ahmed and Members of the County Assembly lauded President Uhuru Kenyatta, LCDA and KPA for the great milestone that will make Lamu a transshipment hub for the East African region, and the larger horn of African.

Governor Twaha termed the project as a game changer saying it has anchored Lamu among the regional economic hubs, “Lamu Port and the Special Economic Zone combined have a capacity to employ thousands and inject millions of dollars into the economy opening up more opportunistic investments in Lamu, cities and urban centres; transforming Lamu into Kenya’s future Port City and Industrial Hub,” said the Governor.

With the anticipated influx of hundreds of thousands of people in Lamu, Governor Twaha expressed his concerns on overstretching the existing amenities calling on the National government to consider setting a special fund to assist in the provision of basic amenities to accommodate the growing population.

The leaders further compelled KPA to ensure the local community benefits from opportunities emanating from the Port beginning with the training of the remaining 600 youths under the LAPSSET scholarship and employment opportunities.

According to KPA and LAPSSET management, so far 100 dockers from Lamu have been hired, and will subsequently hire more staff on need basis in a competitive and transparent recruitment exercise. They added that, the 400 youths already trained under the LAPSSET scholarship program will be given first priority. All fees arrears under the LAPSSET scholarship will also be cleared by July 2021.

The leaders were later taken on a guided familiarization tour of the multi-billion-dollar project launched nine years ago. Under its original plan, the Lamu Port, South Sudan, Ethiopia Transport (Lapsset) plan included a 32-berth port, transportation hubs for rail, highway and international airports in Lamu, Isiolo and Lodwar, an oil pipeline from South Sudan, Uganda and Ethiopia to Lamu Port, an oil refinery and three resort cities in Isiolo, Lamu and Turkana, in Northern Kenya.

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For more information contact:

Lamu County Government Communications Office at info@lamu.go.ke

When food and agriculture play an important role in local culture, a market becomes an easier sell.

Having accessible markets is important, since they are the critical component in rebuilding local food economies. Markets provide a cost-effective, retail sales opportunity for local food producers. Farmers markets help make farming profitable.

Caption: Ongoing rehabilitation of Mpeketoni open air market taking shape under Governor Fahim Twaha.

For more information contact:

Lamu County Government Communications Office at info@lamu.go.ke

MPEKETONI AND MOKOWE TVET CENTERS GETS FINANCIAL BOOST FROM LAMU COUNTY GOVERNMENT

Mpeketoni and Mokowe Technical and Vocational Education and Training Centers have received their grant from Lamu County, that will go along way in catering for salaries, operations and administrative duties.

Speaking on behalf of Governor Fahim Twaha at Mpeketoni TVET, CECM Education Technology, Youth Affairs, Sports and Social Services Hon. Paul Thairu HSC, said the Governor is committed to strengthen Lamu TVETs’ and VTCs’ to ensure their operations are not hampered and that they will continue offering competitive courses that are relevant and competitive in the job market.

“The existence of Technical institutions in Lamu has provided our trainees with an opportunity of acquisition of practical and applied skills as well as basic scientific knowledge. Lamu County under the leadership of Governor Fahim, shall continue supporting these institutions so as to prepare and qualify graduates for work in the economy as well as to integrate people into society and teach them values and morals of society” Said Hon. Thairu.

CECM Thairu was accompanied by Lamu County Bursary Board Chair Athman Badi, County Bursary Board CEO Mrs. Maliha Mohammed, Bahari ward bursary committee chair Mr. Micah Githuka among other county officials.

For more information contact:

Lamu County Government Communications Office at info@lamu.go.ke

BACK TO SCHOOL STARTS WITH LAMU COUNTY GIVING FULL SCHOLARSHIP CHEQUES IN LAMU WEST

All students from Hongwe and Mkunumbi wards from Lamu West and are currently studying under Lamu County Government scholarship program, have received their scholarship cheques to facilitate for their tuition and other expenses.

The exercise which was spearheaded by CECM Education Hon. Thairu together with County Board Chairman Mr. Athman Abdi and the board CEO Mrs. Maliha Mohamed delivered the cheques at Hongwe and Mkunumbi ward Administrators respectively.

“We are here to fulfill our education promise that was made to our children by Governor Fahim. The Governor promised all students from Lamu that whoever scores 300 marks and above in KCPE he/she automatically qualifies for a four year full scholarship courtesy of Lamu County Government” Said Hon. Thairu as he handed over cheques of Hongwe Ward students who study outside the county.

Speaking at Mkunumbi Ward Administrators office, Bursary Board Chair Mr. Abdi thanked HE Governor Fahim for his commitment in sustaining the scholarship program and further committed to the Lamu residents that the board shall remain impartial during award of scholarships and cheques.

“As a board we have been awarding full scholarships to those students that don’t meet the cut off mark for scholarship award. The Governor gave a special consideration to students who hail from the marginalized communities as well as those that are disadvantaged to be eligible for enrollment in the full scholarship program” Added Mr. Badi.

The scholarships cheques were given to students who school outside the county in Witu, Bahari, Hongwe and Mkunumbi wards respectively. Today, the county government shall give cheques in Hindi and Mkomani wards respectively before going to Lamu East for the same awarding.

Story by Lamu Governor’s Press.

For more information contact:

Lamu County Government Communications Office at info@lamu.go.ke

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