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National Construction Authority’s Executive Director, Dr. Arch. Daniel Manduku represented the Authority at the 5th Devolution Conference held from 23rd -27th April, 2018 in Kakamega County.
Dr. Manduku and Kiambu Governor, Hon. Fredinand Waititu were among the officials on the panel during the Urban Development, Housing, Infrastructure and Energy session and contributed to the discussion on bridging the gap towards affordable housing for all, a pertinent topic in line with the government’s Big Four development Agenda.
Some of the issues tackled were the strategies that the Authority has employed and will be employing in the achievement of its mandate across the country and the programs it has initiated towards the fulfillment of same.
Dr. Manduku outlined the Authority’s engagement of county assembly officials in three counties namely Nairobi, Nakuru and Kisii in stake holder forums, a pilot project that led to the now monthly regional sensitization stakeholder meetings, where county commissioners, county executives and other relevant players are brought together and sensitized on NCA’s roles and functions.
He mentioned the multi-sectoral agency meetings that are also conducted monthly where government agencies come together to discuss different avenues of collaboration for better service delivery to the public.
“We also conduct monthly contractor training forums covering different relevant thematic areas all over the country to build capacity among our own. We have even pegged license renewal to training attendance to ensure we reach as many people as possible,” said Dr. Manduku
The registrar of contractors also discussed the one-stop-shop approach that NCA is spearheading with counsel from the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development, its parent Ministry. In the past, the process of garnering approvals from various government agencies in different locations proved to be tedious and challenging. A pilot programme for the single window construction approval system is set to take place in Kisumu County.
NCA has also recently partnered with Huduma Kenya and is currently present in fifteen Huduma centres. This was on trial basis with a goal to eventually have presence in every Huduma center country wide.
In conclusion, Dr. Manduku highlighted strides made in information exchange, networking and broader exposure in the Kenyan construction industry as a result of the International Construction Research Conference and Exhibition (ICORCE). ICORCE is the Authority’s biennial conference hosted in partnership with other bodies that attracts more than fourteen thousand participants and high flying professionals in the construction industry both locally and internationally.