Kenya has pushed the completion date of the first port berth at the Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia Transport (Lapsset) Corridor project to December from the initial June following the magnitude of the project.
Lapsset Corporate Affairs Officer Benson Thuita said construction works at the port is at 46% complete and the government is confident that the first berth at the Lamu Port will be completed by the end of this year.
“We had announced that the first berth at the Lamu Port would be complete by June this year. However, a project of such magnitude cannot be hurriedly completed like that. Maybe we expect the first berth to be ready by the end of this year and not in June which has already passed,” said Mr Thuita.
Mr Thuita also said, the national government is committed to ensuring a speedy construction of the US $24.9 bn project which he termed as the largest port in East and Central Africa.
He noted that the government has been using US $139.3m every year in ensuring progress at the port.The Corporate Affairs officer also expressed confidence that all the three Lapsset terminals (berths) at Kililana will be completed by the end of 2020.
He also stated that the government is pursuing the development of the appropriate road infrastructure to connect the port to the rest of the Lapsset Corridor as well as other parts of the country and the region.
Moreover, Cabinet Secretary for the East African Community and Northern Corridor Development Peter Munya is expected to tour the Lapsset project in Kililana this week. Confirming the tour, Lapsset corporate affairs officer said the CS will visit the region on Friday to assess the progress of the project.
“We expect CS Peter Munya to tour Lamu and specifically at the project area in Kililana on Friday. So you should expect more updates concerning the progress of the project once he jets in,” said Mr Thuita.