The Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS), Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development Hon. Chris Obure on Wednesday, March 14th 2018 paid a visit to the National Construction Authority Headquarters’ in Upper Hill.
The visit was part of the CAS’s familiarization tour of the Ministry’s departments and agencies as he takes up his new role of enhancing the coordination of activities within the Ministry.
Hon. Obure was received by NCA Executive Director Dr. Daniel Manduku, accompanied by Eng. Henry Amaje, Ms. Anne Kiusya and Qs. Jennifer Musyimi, all Directors on the NCA Board. He then met with top management in order to be appraised on the Authority’s achievements, as well as to discuss pertinent issues and challenges.
Hon. Obure praised NCA for attaining major milestones in only five years of existence, from the research, training and capacity building programmes to the ISO 9001:2015 certification. The CAS was the Minister of Public Works in 2011 when the National Construction Authority Act was passed by Parliament, and was instrumental in the setting up of the Authority in 2012. “It is my pleasure to see that NCA has grown from strength to strength since we last met. The industry was very passionate about its formation, and I am proud of the work that has been done since,” he said. “Exchanging perspectives is important, which is why I am here, to get a grasp of the challenges and struggles experienced, as well as to chart a way forward.”
The CAS pointed out his is an inclusive style of leadership. “It is easy to only meet with the Executive Director and get a quick update, but I would rather talk to the respective heads of departments so that I can have a true feel of what your day to day issues are.”
The issues discussed include enforcement challenges with regards to quality assurance, interagency cooperation especially with the county governments as well as financial challenges stemming from the setting aside of the construction levy. The CAS promised to review all that was discussed with the Cabinet Secretary, James Macharia, EGH.
“NCA needs to know they have a friend in me. I have seen the growth of the Authority, and I also know the potential is has. Currently, we are all focused on the Big Four agenda, and affordable housing remains a top priority for us as a government. We must empower our contractors to make this objectives a reality,” he said.
Hon. Obure is the immediate former Senator of Kisii County, having previously served as the Member of Parliament for Bobasi Constituency.