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NCA seeks to guarantee safety of buildings in counties 

The  National Construction Authority (NCA) has taken steps to ensure that the problem of sub-standard buildings that was being witnessed in big cities in the country does not spread to growing towns in the counties.

At  the same time, NCA has sent out an alert to members of the public and contractors about cheats posing as officials from the authority.

The Marsabit County Commissioner (CC), Gilbert Kitiyo said during a stakeholders meeting at the Marsabit ACK conference Hall on Tuesday that NCA had taken the right measure of creating awareness and educating the public on the importance of safe construction.

Kitiyo called on the Kenyans to support the initiative by the authority, saying it was the only way of ensuring quality buildings.

“Incidents of buildings collapsing because the legal construction measures have been ignored has to come to a stop,” said the CC, adding that loss of lives and property occasioned by collapsing buildings could not be excused.

Kitiyo cautioned contractors against using shortcuts and urged them to dutifully follow laid down procedures and standards as those going against law would be heavily punished.

The one day forum attended by contractors, government officials and members of the public sought to sensitize the stakeholders in the fast growing construction industry in the county on the need to work with NCA and professionals in the sector for worthy buildings.

On his part, the authority’s Upper Eastern Regional Coordinator, Festus Mariera said the government has automated most of the services and advised those undertaking construction work to always avoid brokers but to instead pursue quick online services and from genuine NCA officers.

Mariera pointed out that though the region was experiencing a shortage of building professionals, it was imperative for contractors to site supervisors certified by NCA or seek consultancy services from registered architects and engineers.

This followed claims that persons masquerading as officials from the authority were being encountered in the country with concern being expressed that the quacks might have inspected and approved buildings.

The coordinator reiterated the government’s commitment to eradicate corruption and asked anybody who might be approached by suspected frauds to report the matter to relevant authorities without delay.

Mariera also asked contractors to consider forming an association through which they could work out modalities of streamlining the industry.

By Sebastian Miriti

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