Lamu County Governor Fahim Twaha has challenged the County’s youth to take advantage of the expanding Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVETs) opportunities offered in Lamu. He said the TVET opportunities will provide manpower with employable technological skills required to drive the nation’s critical infrastructure forward.
The Governor was speaking on the sidelines of the Lamu Port inspection visit by President Uhuru Kenyatta, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, which he hosted, yesterday.”
The LAPSSET Corridor Program has components such as the Port, Roads, Railways, Pipelines and Refineries which requires technical expertise that is mostly imported from other Countries and Counties. The more we improve our youths technical skills, the more we will change that equation,” said Governor Fahim.
Governor Fahim said his administration has made far-reaching reforms in the TVET sector to churn technologists and artisans required to contribute to Kenya’s and Lamu’s industrial goals.
“We have opened 14 satellite polytechnics across the County, scrapped off fees in all of them and expanded the curricula. This has increased the number of trainees in local TVET’s to 3,260 in 2020 from just 447 by end of 2016,” said Fahim.
He said majority of the Lamu TVET’s graduates in electrical and automotive engineering, ICT, welding, plumbing, masonry and capentry have the required foundational skillset required in components of LAPSSET infrastructure building.
“This year, 374 students pursuing different courses sat for their National Industrial Training Authority (NITA) exams. We are looking into mechanisms of which the LAPSSET Corridor Development Authority(LCDA) and its partners can absorb or utilise the skills of some of our graduates in line with the local content rule,” said Fahim.
The local content rule, enshrined by the Local Content Act, requires that 40 per cent of the labour, goods and services used in the construction of select infrastructure should originate from Kenya.
The Sh. 2.5 trillion LAPSSET project involves the construction of a seaport, 1,730 km road network, 1,500 km of Standard Gauge Railway, and 2,240 km of oil pipeline.
Construction of two of the three berths of the Lamu Port, berth 2 and 3 are ongoing, while berth 1 is operational. Upon completion, Lamu Port envisions 29 berths.
Lamu County’s commitment to increase the number of graduates with technical expertise, mirrors the national government’s ambition to reduce a skills gap that exists in building infrastructure in line with Vision 2030 development goals.
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