President William Ruto officially opened the National Police Leadership Academy at Ngong, Kajiado county on Wednesday, December 21.
For the mega project to be completed, it cost a total of Ksh1.2 billion after accruing extra costs during the construction process.
Revealing the actual cost, the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) Governor Patrick Njoroge explained how the extra cost came to be.
“I am pleased to report that against the original total project cost of about Ksh.1 billion, the final cost is Ksh.1.2 billion. The extra cost is almost entirely due to higher than envisaged costs, which were dealt with as per the contracts.
As for quality, your Excellency, we pushed to maintain the highest standards of the materials and workmanship, as you have observed during your brief tour.” he explained.
The four storey building that was launched by the head of state stands on a 100 acres land.
The project began on January 26, 2021, on an occasion that saw president William Ruto carry out the groundbreaking.
“We gathered in this same spot to witness a milestone in the unlikely relationship between the National Police and the Central Bank. On that day, His Excellency President Kenyatta performed the groundbreaking of what is now before us," Njoroge reported.
The proposed time for the project was one year but it ended up taking two years after Covid-19 pandemic hit the country.
"However, the construction time stretched to two years, instead of one year. I will say in defense that a lot of the heavy construction was done while Covid-19 protocols were in place,” he stated.
The facility also used the largest quantity of local products, the largest percentage was sourced from Kajiado county.
The local content of the project was 85 per cent. Specifically, 25 per cent of the project cost was labor, all local.
The materials used in the project constituted 80 per cent of which were locally sourced. Additionally, of the local materials, about 60 percent were sourced from Kajiado County.
Most of the professionals representing the contractors and consultants on the site were mostly under 35 years of age.
Njoroge thanked all who participated in putting up the institution revealing that more than 700 workers participated in the process.
"I want to thank all those that worked hard to bring us to the completion point. While these are many, I want to single out the 700+ workers, artisans, professionals, consultants, contractors, and the CBK staff that oversaw this project. You have made us proud. I also want to thank the generations of leadership at the National Police," he added.