- The Kenya Urban Roads Authority (Kura), which is undertaking the project, says the project has so far employed more than 100 youth who previously had no jobs.
The ongoing construction of the Sh1.1 billion Mokowe urban road in Lamu County is only 23 percent complete but its advantages are already being felt.
The Kenya Urban Roads Authority (Kura), which is undertaking the project, says the project has so far employed more than 100 youth who previously had no jobs.
“As Kura, we have trained about 11 youth from Lamu on various skills related to road construction. As we speak, the youth are part of the team constructing the road at Mokowe. Other youth who previously had no job have also been recruited,” said Mr Cheboi.
Locals interviewed by Shipping in the area said the road project has provided jobs to the youth, driving them away from vices, such as theft.
“Youth who were posing a threat to security due to idleness caused by lack of meaningful employment are now working as casual labourers. Previously, the youth were engaging in crime,” said Mr Samuel Muiruri, a resident.
Kura Assistant Corporate Communications Director, John Cheboi said construction works are on course with 3.2km out of the 15km complete.
Mr Cheboi said the road is scheduled to be completed in November, 2019.