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His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday 4th October toured the Affordable Housing Village at the Nairobi International Trade fair. The village, an initiative of the State department of Housing and Urban Development and managed by the National Construction Authority, provided a platform for exhibitors to showcase various alternative construction materials and technologies that can be used in implementing the affordable housing pillar of the president’s Big Four Agenda.
On hand to receive President Kenyatta for the tour were Housing Principal Secretary Charles Hinga Mwaura and NCA Acting Executive Director Eng. Maurice Akech. President Kenyatta took time to listen to mini presentations on the merits of the various technologies which included Extended polystyrene (EPS) and interlocking blocks. In recognition of the cottage industries place in the big four Agenda, the Head of State also sampled various products from the jua kali sector that will be used as implements in the housing projects.
The Authority was tasked with managing the project by Housing PS Charles Hinga earlier in the year. Different firms expressed interest in exhibiting at the village, and a few were selected by a Committee and allowed to showcase affordable, innovative building technologies and
materials (IBTM) that will potentially be applied post appraisal, in the construction of the 500,000 affordable housing units.
The exhibition is set to continue into 2019, with a training element being introduced in order to impart critical skills to contractors and construction workers in order to enhance adoption of the IBTM.
Affordable Housing is part of the Government’s ‘Big Four’ agenda towards the country’s transformation by the year 2022.
The Ministry, through the State Department for Housing and Urban Development has been mandated with the task of structuring and delivering on this key agenda in urban areas across the country through efficient, cost effective and innovative delivery models.