NCA Launches Strategic Plan (2020-2025)
The National Construction Authority on 11th June, 2021 launched its 2020-2025 Strategic Plan. The document maps out the Authority’s key focus areas over the next five years and also highlights Key Result Areas, Strategic Objectives and Strategies.
In his launch message published in the June 8th, 2021 issue of MyGov pull out, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing & Urban Development and Public Works, James Macharia said that Kenya’s Vision 2030 aims at making the nation a newly industrialized country providing a high quality of life for all its citizens. The C.S further added that development of physical infrastructure is a critical component towards attainment of the vision and sustainable economic growth and development and that recognition of the major role played by the construction industry in socio-economic development is what led to enactment of the National Construction Authority Act 2011 and the creation of the National Construction Authority.
“This Strategic Plan has been developed to enable NCA to realize its mission and to address the challenges facing the construction industry. The development of this Plan is intended to guide the Authority’s decisions and prioritize resource allocation in order to ensure achievement of set targets. This Plan is expected to marshal human, financial and other resources in the provision of safe and quality construction facilities” read the message in part.
On his part, Principal Secretary State Department of Public Works Maj. Gen. (Rtd) Dr. Gordon Kihalangwa, CBS who delivered the keynote address said that the onus and challenge of ensuring the strategic plan is implemented is on the leadership of the Authority at both Board and Management levels. “We can benefit a lot from the kaizen principle of continuous improvement. Having already understood the vision and mission, there must be communication towards the strategic plan’s priority areas while paying attention to both long- and short-term objectives.” Noted Dr. Kihalangwa.
NCA Board Chairman Qs. David Gaitho appreciated the effort put into coming up with the plan despite challenges including those posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. “There is a common saying that a good plan implemented today is better than a perfect plan implemented tomorrow. I believe ours is an almost perfect plan but it is not for tomorrow’s implementation. In the coming week, the management team is going to have a forum with the Board where they will break down its implementation process to the Board. So, it is not a document meant to be dumped on the shelf.” Qs. Gaitho also expressed his gratitude to P.S Kihalangwa for always responding to the board’s requests promptly.
Present during the event were; Director, Kenya Building Research Centre, Arch. Oliver Okello, Secretary, National Buildings Inspectorate, Eng. Samwel Charagu, Under Secretary at the Ministry of Lands, Ms. Carol Imbayi, Acting D.A at the State Department for Public Works Wesley Maritim, and The Chairman, Kenya Water Institute Brigadier (Rtd) Stephen Njung’e.
Others included representatives from; Council of Governors, County Executives, Construction Industry Professional Associations, professional bodies, government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), contractor associations, State Department for Public Works and NCA Directors, Management and Staff.