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National Construction Authority (NCA)Executive Director Dr. (Arch) Daniel O. Manduku gave the key note address at the Bamburi Cement Key Partner’s Dinner that took place on Thursday, 24th November 2017 at the Villa Rosa Kempinski Hotel.
The event, whose theme was ‘Professionalism in the Construction Industry’ attracted various stakeholders in the construction industry, especially contractors.
Bamburi Cement is a long-time partner of NCA, having partnered for the training of construction workers under the Bamburi Builders’ Academy. The two institutions have a Memorandum of Understanding covering areas of collaboration.
In his presentation, Dr. Manduku outlined NCA’s role and achievements in the industry over the past five years, which culminated in attaining the ISO 9001:2015 certification earlier this year.
“As an Authority, we are proud of our journey and the impact we have made in the industry, and we continue to continuously improve service delivery to all stakeholders.”
NCA recently completed the revision of the evaluation criteria for the registration of contractors, which has seen an increase in the value limits for construction works that can be undertaken by a contractor, which will also see several construction firms re-categorized, especially NCA 1, NCA 2 and NCA 3. This is to ensure that the registered contractors actually have the capacity to undertake high value projects and execute the same in accordance with global standards.
Additionally, there is now a sector-specific subdivision of works under which contractors are registered. The class of ‘Civil Works’ has been split into Water Works and Road Works, while the ‘Specialized Works’ class has also been split into ‘Mechanical Works’ and ‘Electrical Works’. These new classes will make the registration process for contractors more streamlined.
The revision process was subjected to extensive stakeholder participation, culminating in the approval of the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development, James Macharia, EGH. The revised evaluation criteria has already been forwarded through the Attorney General’s Office to the Government Printers for publication
Dr. Manduku stated that NCA is monitoring the compliance of foreign contractors who must subcontract a minimum of 30% of their construction works in line with the law. Contractors that fail to adhere to this regulation risk de-registration with possibility of no re-registration.
He also highlighted that NCA had waived accreditation fees for construction workers for the month of November, and urged contractors to encourage their workers to adhere to the regulations as it is illegal to work on site as a construction worker or site supervisor without accreditation.
Dr. Manduku concluded by assuring the guests that the Authority remains committed to fulfilling its mandate of regulating the construction industry and overseeing its development.