The renovation of the four jetties in Lamu County that have cost the national government 649 million shillings are ahead of schedule with rehabilitation currently at 40 percent completion.
The national government had last year commissioned the reconstruction and rehabilitation of four main jetties in Lamu County that were in a deplorable condition due to lack of servicing.
The national government’s move through the State Department of Public Works to have the jetties freshly reconstructed will provide the much needed relief for sea travelers and boat operators who have borne the brunt of having to use dilapidated jetties following years of neglect.
The four jetties namely; Mokowe, Mangrove and Manda Airport, in Lamu West, and Mtangawanda jetty in Lamu East have been undergoing reconstruction in a bid to improve sea travel for passengers and cargo within the county according to Public Works officials.
Speaking to KNA in Lamu Island, Structural Engineer in the State Department of Public Works Hillary Nyaanga revealed that presently, the contractors have been working around the clock to complete the jetties, which he said had been in dire need of repair after several years of use.
“The jetties had become so hazardous for travelers and massive improvements have been made especially in the Mtangawanda jetty in Lamu East and Mokowe jetty to ensure that we now have smart and modern jetties that serve all passengers,” Nyaanga said.
He added that most of jetties would be completed by early next year with projections that the Mangrove Jetty would be completed by February 2020.
“The Manda jetty which is the airport jetty has also been rebuilt afresh, and the contractor has done a good job so far in ensuring that it is also handicap friendly and has safe railings,” the senior government engineer said.
He further revealed that the government was also building a 220 metre sea wall in Manda that was previously not there that would aid in handling more boats to dock easily as they ferry travelers to and from the Manda airport jetty.
Nyaanga reiterated that the national government had disbursed all the funds needed to ensure reconstruction works of the four jetties do not stall at any point, adding that the jetties funds had fully been factored into the country’s 2019/2020 Budget.
On his part Lamu County Commissioner Macharia Irungu commended the contractors for working with speed to ensure that passengers could once more use the jetties without interruptions or challenges.
He also said that the jetties were likely to spur trade with an increase in cargo volumes due to the jetties now being safe to use once complete.