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The National Construction Authority has appointed Eng. Maurice Akech as the Executive Director and Registrar of Contractors effective 27th September 2019, for a period of four years following a competitive process that attracted scores of highly qualified industry professionals.
Eng. Akech, who has been acting in the same position since 2nd June 2018, was previously the General Manager in charge of Construction Research, Business Development and Capacity Building.
In a statement, NCA Board Vice Chair Prof. Godrick Bulitia commended Eng. Akech for his exemplary leadership during the transition period, which followed Dr. Arch. Daniel Manduku’s exit after his appointment as the Managing Director of Kenya Ports Authority.
Eng. Akech, a civil engineer by training, has over twenty years’ experience in design, construction supervision and management as well as leadership in the construction industry. He holds a Master’s Degree in Construction Engineering and Management
“This is a new chapter for the Authority, and I am ready to take up the mantle towards service in the construction industry,” Eng. Akech said, following his appointment. “The Authority is focused on enhanced compliance of construction projects which involves extensive inter agency cooperation. We are also preparing to launch the single window construction permit process which will ease the cost and process of doing business in the country. As the industry regulator, we are also playing a role in the realization of the Big Four agenda, our nation’s development blueprint. Construction remains one of the most critical industries, and this is the beginning of positive change all around.”
The new Executive Director, who by virtue of his post is also the Registrar of Contractors, is also keen on ensuring that more local contractors have enough capacity to take up major construction projects in the country, and that quality assurance in the built environment is enhanced to ensure no structural collapses.