Towards achieving this goal, LAPSSET Board Chair accompanied by Chairmen and Directors from key stakeholders from the National Government paid a courtesy call to Lamu Deputy Governor HE Abdulhakim Aboud at Lamu County Headquarters to deliberate on how the two arms of government can continue working in synergy towards the realization of the multi billion project.
Chairmen and Directors from LAPSSET, Kenya Ports Authority (KPA), Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), National Land Commission (NLC), Kenya Railways and Industrial Commercial Development Corporation have underscored the vital role being played by the County Government of Lamu in supporting project.
Speaking at the meeting LAPSSET Chair Titus Ibui EGH, thanked Governor Fahim administration for the support they have been giving the project. “The 32 Berth, Deep Sea Port at Manda bay is being constructed here in Lamu and therefore the greatest beneficiaries are locals who are served by the County Government of Lamu. It’s therefore in our best interest to incorporate the County Government in every step of this project since they play an integral part in linking the project with the Mwananchi” Said the Chairman.
The Chair further affirmed that KENHA would commence the construction of Hindi-Kiunga road as well as a cargo lorry parking site along Hindi-LAPSSET road as requested by Governor Fahim.
Speaking on behalf of Governor Fahim Twaha, Deputy Governor Abdulhakim assured all agencies that the County is fully committed to continue supporting the project. “This multimillion project will unlock many potentials in Lamu and will empower and create opportunities for the locals. It is therefore in our best interest to assure you our unrelenting support since the project has a direct impact on our people”
Lamu County further requested LAPSSET to consider sponsoring the remaining 600 locals who were under full LAPSSET scholarship program. “We only had 400 out of 1,000 locals trained at different colleges and universities and we would want to request LAPSSET to consider training the rest so that they can have equal employment opportunities at the project” said the DG.
NLC, was impressed by the course taken by the County Government towards ensuring compensation is done as well as the ongoing plans to set up a port city in Lamu.
The LAPSSET Corridor Program is Eastern Africa’s largest and most ambitious infrastructure project bringing together Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan. This mega project consists of seven key infrastructure projects starting with a new 32 Berth port at Lamu (Kenya); Interregional Highways, Crude Oil Pipeline, Product Oil Pipeline, Interregional Standard Gauge Railway, 3 International Airports, 3 Resort Cities and The multipurpose High Grand Falls Dam along the Tana River.
The economic Pillar aims to achieve an average economic growth rate of 10 per cent per annum and sustaining the same beyond 2030.
Also in attendance was; Gen (Rtrd) JR. Kibwana- KPA, Eng. Leonard Ithau- KRA, Mr. Naftary Ngaruiya- NLC, Roseline Achau- ICDC, Mr. Job Otiwa- KRC Lamu County CECM Finance Hon. Fahima Araphat, CECM Tourism Hon. Josphat Musembi, and CECM Health Hon. Dr. Anne Gathoni and CECM Education Hon. Paul Thairu HSC, representatives among others.