President Uhuru Kenyatta and Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja joined Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) Director-General Mohamed Badi in celebrating Badi's 100 days of Nairobi takeover.
Badi had been tasked by Kenyatta to present his working report within 100 days to illustrate the progress he had made in transforming Nairobi County since Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko handed over key duties to the National Government in February 2020.
On Tuesday, June 30 at Harambee House, Nairobi, the head of state flagged off 22 NMS water trucks and five ambulances to be used in water projects in informal settlements.
"I issued several directives to NMS to achieve within the 100 days, which period ended on Saturday, June 28th this year. The directives were aimed at enhancing service provision in the areas of waste collection and disposal, water and sanitation, housing and urban development, transport and public works.
"I am satisfied that the directives for the first 100 days have been implemented in earnest. I challenge NMS to demonstrate that Nairobi can be the model of our Post Covid-19 National Recovery Strategy," Kenyatta stated.
Major General Badi assured the Head of State of his agency's determination to transform Nairobi into a smart city by fully implementing its broad mandate.
"On re-carpeting of CBD roads, NMS has completed 30 per cent of all the roads and is using Kazi Mtaani initiative. To this end, NMS has engaged our youth in drainage clearing, waste management and rehabilitation of roads," Badi stated adding that NMS had created employment opportunities.
Nairobi Senator Johson Sakaja lauded the President and Badi for the initiative to uplift the lives of Nairobi residents and praised Badi for undertaking and completing key tasks, hence meeting the deadline.
"I joined the President today as he received the 100-day scorecard by the Nairobi Metropolitan Services on achievements in service delivery for Nairobi City County. Service delivery to Nairobi residents has taken centre stage and my office will continue to support the good work by NMS," Sakaja stated.
Shortly after receiving the NMS report, the President toured some of the agency's projects in Nairobi's informal settlements. The President visited community water boreholes and water purification facilities at Kiboro Primary School (Mathare), Chief's Camp (Mathare North) and at Kibra DCC's office. Communities neighbouring the boreholes receive treated water for their domestic use at no cost.
The Head of State also toured ongoing urban renewal and affordable housing projects in Ngara and Pangani neighbourhoods. The housing projects are being implemented by the state department of housing, NMS and Nairobi City County.
Among key projects completed by NMS are restoration of 16638 lanterns and 1998 floodlights across the city, rehabilitation and lighting of the Michuki Memorial Park and implementation of Non-Motorized pedestrian walkways along Kenyatta Avenue, Wabera Street & Muindi Mbingu street. Recarpeting of City Hall way, Racecourse road, Kijabe street, Kirinyaga road, Riveroad & Kimathi street.
It sunk 93 boreholes across all informal settlements across the city and purchase of an additional 20 water bowsers to enhance water distribution, recovered 3 three sites of contested public land earmarked for waste management, increased the collection of garbage from 1000 tons a day to 3000 tons and completion of 1.2 Km Grogan road.
It also operationalized 18 ICU and 50- bed ward at Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital, procured four ambulances and repaired 12 others. NMS processed 4000 titles and made them ready for issuance by June 30, 2020. It is also constructing matatu Termini at Desai and Park Roa.
Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko who is fighting the transfer of deeds was not invited to the event.
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