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The Principal Secretary, State Department of Public Works Prof. Paul Maringa Mwangi on Tuesday, 25th September inaugurated the new board of the National Construction Authority. The ceremony, held at the Crowne Plaza, was presided over by Prof. Maringa on behalf of James Macharia, the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development and Public Works.This is the third inauguration in the Authority’s history. The first Board of Directors was inaugurated on July 4th, 2012, while the second was held on 6th August 2015.
Speaking at the function, Prof. Maringa reminded the new directors of the heavy task ahead of them. “A developed industry means quality construction, well thought out cities, an infrastructural network connecting the entire country, and enough skilled labour, locally sourced, to build it all,” he said. “Regulation is no mean feat. It relies on stakeholder buy in, inter-agency cooperation and a strong team to steer the ship. Today, it gives me great pleasure to welcome the new steering team at NCA. Being on the Board of one of the biggest and most impactful organizations in the country is a privilege. You have been given a chance to write history, and the policies that you enact will have an impact for generations to come. “
Ag. NCA Executive Director, Eng. Maurice Akech highlighted the Authority’s achievements over the past five years. “When the Authority’s first Board was inaugurated in 2012, several issues were pervasive in the industry; the registration and regulation of contractors was very fragmented, there was a lack of a regulatory framework for the industry and a weak enforcement of standards. Since NCA was formed, we have streamlined regulation of contractors, establishing professional registers for them, construction workers and construction projects. The Authority’s intensive quality assurance programme has seen an inspection of ongoing projects across the country, aided by our presence in all regions nationwide as well as all Huduma Centres.”
“These and other key achievements such as the publication of a Code of Conduct and Ethics as well as a Construction Industry Policy, now at the vetting stage, led to the award of the ISO 9001:2015 certification, and we continue to aim towards a well-coordinated and developed construction industry,” Eng. Akech added.
NCA’s board of directors is made up of thirteen members, representing various stakeholders in the industry. They are Arch. Waweru Gathecha (Architectural Association of Kenya), Elizabeth Mvoi (Law Society of Kenya), Eng. Jane Mutulili (Institution of Engineers of Kenya), Ken Luusa (representing Special Interest Groups), Eng. Maurice Owiti (Kenya Federation of Master Builders), Mr. Kirpal Suri (Roads and Civil Engineering Contractors Association), Qs. David Gaitho (Institute of Quantity Surveyors of Kenya), Eng. Zipporah Rotich (Kenya Association of Building and Civil Engineering Contractors), Prof. Godrick Bulitia (representing Special Interest Groups), Arch. Jackson Kafuna (State Department of Public Works), Arch. Mackenzie Kiilu (State Department of Housing and Urban Development), Eng. Stephen Kogi (State Department of Infrastructure) and Ms. Susan Karanja (National Treasury).
The directors are appointed by the Cabinet Secretary from the respective organizations and serve for a term of three years.