President William Ruto has said that the government will establish a Kenya School of Engineering to facilitate compliance with the highest standards of engineering by building contractors and developers.
The President underscored the important role of engineering in pushing the Bottom-Up Economic Transformation Agenda.
Addressing the 4th Engineering Partnerships Convention in Naivasha, Nakuru County today, the president tasked engineers to gear up to innovation in their profession to catalyze Kenya’s economic transformation.
“Engineering is our growth’s bedrock; the link between a country’s engineering capacity and its development is well established.” He said. “It should no longer be possible for projects to employ unqualified people.” He noted.
He said constant innovation holds the power to realizing the government’s ambitious Bottom-Up Economic Agenda.
To support sustainable development in the country, the president observed that his government was committed to developing an optimal engineering capacity.
He urged engineers to employ a zero tolerance policy for non-compliant structures in order to take action against people responsible for sub-standard buildings.
At the same time, the President has said urban areas must be transformed into well-planned, adequately managed, well-governed and sufficiently resourced spaces.
“Our primary mandate is to facilitate an expeditious transition to Kenya’s desired urban future.” He said.
The convention was also attended by among others, Cabinet Secretaries Kipchumba Murkomen (Transport and Infrastructure), Zacharia Njeru (Lands) and Governors Susan Kihika and James Orengo. Executive Director of the UN-Habitat Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Representative of the Country Director World Bank Ragini Dalal were also present.