State banks on fish project to boost coastal economy

By Harrison Kivisu
Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020 00:00 | < 1 min read
President Uhuru Kenyatta inspects Liwatoni fishing complex, a facility that the government is upgrading into a full fishing port on Saturday. He was accompanied by Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho. Photo/PSCU

The fishing sector at the Coast is set for a major boost after the completion of the giant Liwatoni fishing complex, a facility that the government is upgrading into a full fishing port. 

During a tour at the Facility on Saturday, President Uhuru Kenyatta expressed satisfaction with rehabilitation progress, saying it would help create jobs for the youth and boost the coastal economy. 

Speaking to small-scale traders at Liwatoni, the President rallied them to take advantage of the New Likoni Floating bridge and fishing port projects to grow their businesses. 

President Kenyatta is keen on achieving his Big Four agenda and fishing which falls under food security is among priority projects in the coastal region.

The stock from the Indian Ocean has significantly increased after Kenya Coast Guard Services and international security teams stopped illegal fishing vessels from operating in Kenyan waters.

More than 400,000 tonnes of fish have continued to land monthly at Liwatoni Fisheries Complex since the facility was reopened in 2018.

President Kenyatta tasked Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho to work with national government agencies in developing modern business stalls in the area so as to enable the traders benefit from the increased human traffic expected when the bridge comes into use. 

Mombasa residents

Joho said his administration will continue partnering with the national government in implementing projects to improve the wellbeing of Mombasa residents. 

The president, during the low-key inspection tour of several State projects, assured government commitment towards improving the livelihoods of the coastal people.

He started his day-long inspection at Liwatoni on Mombasa Island where the government is constructing the Shs1.9 billion Likoni pedestrian floating bridge.

Harrison Kivisu

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