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National Construction Authority acting Executive Director, Eng. Maurice Akech and Arch. Stephen Mwilu on Thursday 9th August, 2018 led the authority’s officers in a quality assurance exercise at the ongoing Crystal Rivers Mall and residences in Athi River and a residential building in Nairobi’s South C area.
The Athi river exercise begun with an onsite accreditation drive for the site workers present facilitated by officers from the NCA Central Eastern Regional office after which Eng. Akech addressed the developers, contractor’s representatives and site workers.
In his address, the Executive Director urged all who were present to uphold professionalism and Integrity for the benefit of the construction industry as a whole. “The construction industry will improve greatly if all of us are diligent with our roles at our respective levels,” he said.
From Athi River, the team proceeded to Nairobi’s South C area where he led officers from the authority’s Nairobi Regional office in suspending a non-compliant site.
As per section 5 (2) (g) of the National Construction Authority Act (2011), the Authority is mandated to promote and ensure quality in the construction industry. Regular inspections are carried out on active construction sites to ascertain the following: an NCA registered contractor on site, a sign board showing all professionals engaged in the project, safety signage on site, personal protective equipment on site, sufficient hoarding and fencing, proof of project registration, an NCA compliance certificate and accredited skilled workers and site supervisors..
In the event an active construction site does not meet any or all of the above requirements, a suspension notice is issued to the site and all construction works are suspended, usually marked by the NCA ‘X’. Once the site becomes compliant, a Lifting Order is granted after an NCA Quality Assurance officer undertakes due diligence to confirm the same. All sites that have not complied with suspension notices are uploaded on the website. You can access the suspended sites HERE
The Nairobi/Machakos county exercise comes after a similar exercise took place in Bungoma County, where Eng. Akech and the Western Regional Office undertook quality assurance exercise, meeting with the on-site contractor for the Sigiri Bridge to monitor progress, as well as select roads and buildings in Bungoma Town. He also met with the Bungoma and Busia County Commissioners who pledged support for NCA in enforcing suspension notices in order to enhance compliance in the region.