The state begins development of the second phase of the Lapsset Corridor

Lapsset Director General Stephen Ikua (standing) with Chairman Titus Ibui (left) and Maina Kiondo. [Courtesy]

The Lapsset Corridor Development Authority (Lapsset) Corridor Development Authority has embarked on the next phase of transport network development following the launch of Lamu Port last May.

The agency said it is now focusing on other infrastructure to increase port traffic, ease access to northern Kenya and market the region as a tourism route.

Lamu Port became the country’s second commercial seaport after Mombasa Port, with high expectations that it would create more jobs and open up other opportunities in the county.

New Lapsset Corridor Development Authority director-general Stephen Ikua said key infrastructure earmarked for immediate development includes the Lamu Special Economic Zone, a crude oil pipeline and the completion of major roads.

He said the upcoming projects would allow the country to tap the vast but untapped potential of northern Kenya.

“The eastern and north-eastern parts of Kenya hold untapped potential. It is rich in mineral resources, renewable energy, wildlife and livestock, horticulture and blue resources, which we aim to tap by building efficient transportation networks…” Ikua said.

He said there had been major advances in road construction on the Lapsset Corridor, such as the 500-kilometer Isiolo-Marsabit-Moyale which was completed.

Mr Ikua said the construction of the Lamu-Garissa-Isiolo road is a priority as it is the most efficient exit route from the new port.

“The contracts for upgrading 280 km of Lamu-Ijara-Garissa roads and safety roads such as Bodhei-Basuba-Kiungu and Ijara-Hulugho roads have been awarded at a cost of Sh17.9 billion,” Ikua said. “The 368km Isiolo-Lokichar section is in the final detailed engineering drafts.”

Ikua was appointed to the position last month, taking over from Maina Kiondo, who has been in an acting role since January 2021. He replaces Silvester Kasuku, whose term ended in 2020.

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