Lamu, KENYA: Lamu governor Issa Timamy wants 75% of jobs and employment opportunities at the new Lamu port LAPSSET reserved for Lamu youth.
Speaking in Lamu on Tuesday,Timamy said the county government had already instituted a training programme where youth from the county are sponsored by the county government to receive training in various port related skills to enable them get employed once LAPSSET commences operations.
Timamy has called on the national government to speed up construction of the new port saying Lamu stands to benefit a lot from the venture especially in the growth of the county’s economy.
The Sh 2.5 trillion project is being set up at Kililana area in Lamu county.
Timamy said the Kenya Maritime Authority-KMA,the Red Cross and the county government had partnered to ensure seafarers receive basic safety training at the Bandari College in Mombasa.
Last week 85 youth from Lamu were awarded certificates on seafarer jobs after successfully completing the training by the KMA.
He said the programme was still on and that the county government’s target is to train at least 150 individuals on port related programmes and skills.
He said Lamu has been subjected to marginalization for decades and that it was high time residents get a feel of the fruits of devolution through the reservation of the 75% of Lapsset jobs.
“We are training youth in various skills as we wait for the LAPSSET to start. We want to ensure the Lamu youth benefit the most in terms of job employment,”said Timamy.
Timamy said the recent connection of Lamu to national grid was a push in the right direction for the county’s investment agenda.
The construction of the LAPSSET headquarters that cost Sh.866 Million and the port police station has so far been completed.
The Lamu Port-South-Sudan-Ethiopia-Transport (Lapsset) Corridor Project plan includes 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.
President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected in Lamu any time to commission the construction of the first three berths at the site that will cost Sh.42 billion.