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The National Construction Authority held a stakeholders meeting in Narok town on Friday, 9th March 2018. The meeting, held at at the Mara Frontier Hotel, was attended by representatives from the County Commissioner’s Office, the Narok County Government, the National Environmental Authority (NEMA), the Narok Contractors Association and the Narok Vocational Training College.
Also present were contractors, suppliers, developers, consultants and construction workers all based in the county. Speaking at the event, NCA Regional Offices Manager Arch. Stephen Mwilu emphasised on the need for compliance with Authority regulations. “NCA is not the enemy. We are here to serve the people and ensure that we maintain quality construction within the county.”
The theme of the workshop was The Role of the Inter-Agency Cooperation in Building the Construction Industry in Kenya. NCA’s Corporate Communications Manager Wangui Kabala stressed on the importance of stakeholder support. “No government agency can work in isolation. We need to interact and build relationships in order to leverage on each other’s processes.”
The Narok Liaison Office is one of the 13 liaison and 14 regional offices that NCA has established across the country, in addition to having help desks in 15 Huduma Centres. The Narok office is under the Central Rift Regional Office, which covers the counties of Nakuru, Narok, Bomet and Kericho. There is an additional liaison office in Kericho.
Some of the issues discussed included a reduction in the penalty fees for late renewal, impersonation of NCA and County Inspection Officers, lack of construction contracts within the county as well as on-site harassment of construction workers.
The County Commissioner’s office urged stakeholders to report all cases of impersonation and harassment to the police immediately for quick resolution. The NEMA County Director of Environment, Patrick lekenit also responded to numerous questions with regards to Environmental impact Assessment Tests, a statutory requirement before construction commences.
This was the third such meeting of 2018, the first two having taken place in Isiolo and Marsabit in February. Similar forums will be held at the Golf Hotel in Kakamega on the 22nd of March 2018 and at the Boma Inn, Eldoret, on the following day.
The workshops provide an interactive session whereby NCA can directly engage with stakeholders in order to build and strengthen working relationships.