By Judith Akolo
The county government of Lamu is positioning residents to benefit from ley projects expected to be undertaken in the medium term by sponsoring their professional training.
The county has sponsored 100 students to study a maritime course in anticipation of job opportunities from Lamu Port Southern Sudan-Ethiopia Transport Corridor project LAPSSET project as well as off-shore production of natural gas and crude oil.
This is through training students in a newly introduced course at the Bandari College. Already 100 students from Lamu County are taking various maritime courses as they position themselves to secure jobs at Lamu Port.
Stakeholders are now calling for strategic investment in ship building and repairs, marine aquaculture, marine tourism and marine insurance as new opportunities.
Experts say Kenya is among countries that are not fully exploiting the marine sector compared to other growing economies from South Africa to West Africa and the Arabian Gulf corridor which are busy with activities.