Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Sunday the first berth of the Lamu Port under construction in the coastal region will be opened in October.
The Lamu Port is being constructed under an ambitious Lamu Port South Sudan Ethiopia Transport (LAPPSET) corridor project, an economic and transport corridor that stretches from Kenya’s coastal Lamu Port to South Sudan and Ethiopia.
Kenyatta, who expressed satisfaction about the progress of the construction, said the mega project will create much-needed jobs for the Kenyan youth.
“Since I was here last year, it is true you have worked hard. Very soon, next month, we will be here to open the first berth which I am told you will have completed,” he said in a statement issued after his tour of the project in Lamu.
Kenyatta also announced plans are underway to start the construction of a crude oil pipeline from the Turkana oilfields to the new port.
He asked the workers to remain vigilant and to continue working closely with security agencies in averting terrorist threats.
The LAPPSET project 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. Enditem