Construction Regulations and Compliance in Kenya

The Kenya Property Developers Association (KPDA) held a session with the theme ‘Construction Regulations and Compliance in Kenya‘ sponsored by National Construction Authority (NCA) and PG Bison. KPDA chairman Hamish Govani gave the welcoming remarks. A progress report on compliance to the NCA regulations was given by Eng. Raymond Karani – Ag. General Manager, registration and compliance.

State department P.S. Prof. Paul Maringa promised the KPDA members of improving regulations and preparing for a One-Stop shop for all construction regulations and permitting.

Courtesy call at JKUAT by the State Department of Public Works in the Ministry of Land, Housing and Urban Development

The Principal Secretary of the State Department of Public Works, Prof. Arch. Paul Maringa, accompanied by:

  • The Executive Director, National Construction Authority (NCA), Arch Daniel Manduku,
  • Chairman of the Board of Registration of Architects and Quantity Surveyors (BORAQS), Arch Nathan Kureba, OGW,
  • Chairman of the Institute of Quantity Surveyors of Kenya (IQSK), QS. Andrew Mandere,
  • Chairman of the Architectural Association of Kenya, Arch. Gatheca Waweru,

paid a courtesy call to the Vice Chancellor Jomo Kenya University of Agriculture and Technology, Prof. Mabel O. Imbuga, EBS.

The PS, discussed several issues regarding the construction industry and how the State Department, Academia and Other bodies that are affiliated to the State Department (NCA, BORAQS, IQSK, AAK, Building Inspectorate) can enhance collaboration and interaction in areas affecting them. One of the concerns he spotlighted was the mild boldness, positivity and synergy in the way public entities engage stakeholders.

Arch. Waweru Gatheca noted that there was improved interaction between AAK and the State Department and that he was wide open to deeper collaboration with the government.

  1. Andrew Mandere commended the new style of governance being witnessed at the State Department and was looking forward to interacting with the new face of Public Works. IQSK was also in close contact with the University.

Arch. Daniel Manduku commented that the Authority is seeking ways of involving the University by offering short-term CPD’s to its registered contractors. They have also embarked on identifying critical artisans’ skills that can be certified through NCA. On Research, he identified the following four areas in which NCA is actively engaged in:

  • Planning for to have a forum in November to share research ideas and innovations with all construction stakeholders.
  • Roll out of an agenda for various thematic research areas that have already secured funding.
  • Enhancement of mutual technical and training cooperation between the University and the NCA. In this regard, the recent award of the ‘Primary School Laptop Project’, projecting a positive image of the university as a competitive anchor for technical service provision nationally was a good example to build up on).
  • JKUAT students on attachment at the NCA (20 at the moment). This complement can be raised after some necessary consultations with the University administration.

Eng. Mbiu Kimani, the Acting Works Secretary at the State Department of Public Works, noted that the new PS had been very active from the very first day he joined the State Department. He was also satisfied with the school’s curricula and is keen to see that more students are invited for internship. He was looking forward to continued interaction with the University on various projects.

Arch. Nathan Kureba stated that BORAQS is in touch with all training institutions including JKUAT. He confirmed that hereon, collaboration between BORAQS and the training providers such as JKUAT will be streamlined to align to both the mandate of the institutions and demand-driven and therefore market relevant curricula.  He further declared that CAP 525 was currently undergoing revision in order to more ably embrace emerging professions in the industry such as Landscape Architecture, Construction Management, Environmental Planning and Interior Design. Technicians and Surveyors would also be captured in the revised Act in a new orientation of lifelong learning; mentorship and continuous professional improvement that would eventually see all of such semi-skilled para-practitioners grow into fully licensed and registered professionals. Architect Kureba finally observed that project management of government projects by private practitioners has at times been wanting for lack of familiarity government policies and procedures.

In closing the PS, zeroed in on the Kenya Building Research Centre (KBRC) another surrogate of the State Department of Public Works and how it was being synergized with international partners to elevate the centre to modern standards of innovation collation and dissemination. He advanced the persuasion that training should ideally be a collaboration between suppliers and consumers and be market driven rather than depending solely on a precedent based and historical system. He gave an example of the model used in Germany, where training is done by the industry players. This type of a Demand driven, Competency based approach to training is now in vogue world over with good results in Asia, Oceania, Europe America and Africa (the latter particularly in Namibia, Ghana, Mauritius and South Africa).  Further, Professor Maringa indicated that education should not remain a preserve of the intellectual high achievers exemplary well-endowed.  Rather, it should encompass the entire Kenyan population in a drive for life-long learning and continuous self-improvement, with multiple opportunities for vertical (career advancement) and horizontal mobility (cross specialization shifts). This method of skills development or training allows all persons of all ages to get an education regardless of their training and educational background.

On BORAQS, the PS reiterated that the board would hereon not solely vet the curricula of education institutions but rather act as the driving partner.  He illustrated the value of a market driven inclusive approach to training design with the results of a recently concluded joint seminar of NCA, the State Department of Vocational Training and industry that was able to increase the current complement of 5 occupations of trades so far recognized to 52, complete with competency standards and assessment criteria.

The PS then advised that a Taskforce be created out of this meeting to guide the partnership between the State Department of Public Works, its surrogates (NCA, Building Inspectorate, BORAQS), affiliates (IQSK, AAK) and the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) with a clear mandate for inclusive participation and stakeholder involvement and a specific market driven orientation that would raise skills training and production standards, foster innovation and research and uplift the profile of all participating institutions in the construction industry.

The session ended with a vote of thanks by Arch. Prof. Bernard Otoki Moirongo, Deputy Vice Chancellor Finance.

Consultative Forum on the National Urban Development Policy (NUDP)

CS & PSs

“The economic and social future of Kenya depends on us making our towns work. This can be achieved through commitment, enthusiasm and access to opportunities to all Kenyans.” The Cabinet Secretary for Land, Housing and Urban Development Prof. Kaimenyi said this during the Consultative Forum on the National Urban Development Policy (NUDP) held at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC).

Forum Delegates

The CS further added that the State Department of Housing and Urban Development will join hands with the County Governments in order to achieve the key objectives towards implementing the Urban Development Policies.

The NUDP illustrates different responsibilities that National and County governments will play in guiding sustainable urban transition and development in Kenya. On that premise, the coordination and consultation across the two tiers of government and across counties is crucial for the successful formulation and implementation of the NUDP

Fit for Purpose

The State Department has undertaken to review its Organization Structure and Schemes of Service for a revived and refocused entity. The processes and structures are being reviewed by several State Officers through a working workshop at the Public Works Sports Club in South C, Nairobi. The Public Service Commission has also been engaged in the process.

BORAQS Board induction at Safari Park Hotel

An Induction ceremony was held on Thurday 12th February, 2016 for the Board of Registration of Architects and Quantity Surveyors at Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi. The ceremony was attended by among others the Vice Chancellor of Management University of Africa, Dr. Nicholas Letting, PhD, HSC. The Board was challenged to respond to the dynamically changing high expectations of the Kenyan Society.

PS with Kureba and Omondi
PS Prof. Paul Maringa (centre), Arch. Nathan Kureba (Board Chair – left) and QS. George Omondi (Registrar BORAQS – right) having a light moment

NHC signs Performance Contract

“Kenyans should be happy with what the government is doing for them” said Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi, the Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Land, Housing and Urban Development during a press briefing this morning after signing the performance contract for National Housing corporation. He assured Kenyans that very soon the ministry will hand over the Kibera Slum Upgrading Project houses, now that the court case involving it was cleared. Also present was the Ministry’s three Principal Secretaries, the CEO NHC, the Secretary Housing and other senior officials from the ministry.

Agreement being signed by both parties

Crown Paints to enhance collaboration with the State

The State Department of Public Works has agreed to cooperate with Crown Paints Kenya Ltd. to engage construction industry professionals and also allow for their familiarization with its new and emerging products. Discussions were held with the Principal Secretary Prof. Arch. Paul Mwangi Maringa and the following outputs were agreed upon:

  1. Training of 19 industry entrepreneurs in India at its training facility.
  2. Creation of a local training institute in conjunction with the National Construction Authority (NCA). With future plans to expand to the Counties.
  3. Enhanced exposure to new and emerging products form Crown.

In attendance were also:

  • Mr. Rakesh Ranjan, Sales Manager,  Crown Paints Kenya Ltd.
  • Mr. Sanjiv Datta, Chief Technical Officer,  Pidilite Industries, India.
  • Mr. Sudhkar Gutta, Business Development Manager, Crown Classics Ltd.

PAC Visits West Park

The public accounts committee chairman Eng. Nicholas Gumbo together with other PAC officials accompanied by the Principal Secretary, State Department of Public Works Prof. Paul Mwangi, paid a visit to the police housing units at West Park, Langata area. Concerns where raised over how the tenders were awarded and allocation of houses to the police officers.However, they were happy to see that the project was complete and handed over. They acknowledged the initiative by the State Department of Public Works to start a second phase of the project to cater for community facilities.

PAC visits Kibish

The Parliamentary Accounts Committee today visited the remote Kibish Police, AP & GSU Camp and inspected the work undertaken by the State Department of Public Works.

Public Accounts Committee
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