The national government is set to renovate and reconstruct four key jetties in Lamu County at a cost of Sh649 million.
The jetties are structurally unsound and are in dire need of repair.
Speaking during an inspection tour of the various jetties in Lamu on Wednesday, Transport and Infrastructure Principal Secretary Paul Maringa said the four jetties which will be prioritised include Mokowe Customs Jetty, Lamu Mangrove Customs Jetty and Manda Airport Jetty, all in Lamu West and Mtangawanda Jetty in Lamu East.
According to Mr Maringa, all the works will kick off in November this year.
He said the construction and reconstruction of Lamu Mangrove Customs Jetty, Manda Airport Jetty and Mtangawanda Jetty will be ready by May 2019.
He said the Mokowe jetty, which is the largest project among the four, will be ready in two years’ time.
The PS said preliminary requests including drawing works and the general planning of the jetties’ construction have already been finalised.
Lamu Deputy Governor Abdulhakim Aboud lauded the national government for intervening and ensuring the Lamu jetties are renovated.
Jetties in Lamu play a key role since they are the only entry and exit points into and out of Lamu town and other adjacent islands.
Lamu residents largely rely on sea transport for movement.
The jetties are therefore a crucial element since they aid in the movement of passengers and cargo.
The renovation is a relief to thousands of travellers going to Lamu town and other islands who have literally been risking their lives while using the dilapidated jetties.
[COUNTIES] Relief for travellers in Lamu as four jetties set for repair: Deputy Governor Abdulhakim Aboud lauds government for intervening to have Lamu jetties renovated. https://t.co/yLCXyDFkbh
— Breaking News (@News_Kenya) October 17, 2018