Update on the Nairobi Regeneration Program.
This program is divided into 30days, 90 days and 180 days milestones.
The recent national tree planting day that was recently held on 12th May 2018 was one of the initiatives under this program. Nearly 1 million trees were distributed the Kenya Forest Service for planting across all 47 counties. The success of the event led to an initiative to institutionalize tree planting across the nation which should benefit our responses to climate change and the need to secure our water towers.
Sanitation of the City is a priority area for citizens and one whose progress should be applauded. Operation Garbage Out will be launched by H.E. the President and the Nairobi County Governor where 381 trucks will be deployed to complete the garbage clearing exercise across the City. The City has mapped out the areas with most urgent need for garbage clean up.
Relatedly, the regeneration of Nairobi River will continue and cleanup efforts which have included mapping of polluters, the demolition of illegal structures in the Grogan area as well as shut down of several slaughterhouses in violation of City sanitation standards. Several institutions including the NYS have been involved in this clean up efforts demonstrating the power of collaboration.
The Nairobi regeneration team committed to issue 50,000 title deeds in the Eastlands area. 53,000 title deeds will be issued to land owners within a month.
The successful progress of initiatives also includes dispute resolution on the Waithaka land earmarked for fire station where re-planning of the fire station site has been finalized and the letter of allotment from NLC in favor of the NCCG has been forwarded to the Director of Survey for approval. This allow for the fire station to be constructed to serve Dagoreti South and North.
The recent flooding experienced in the county has been one of the areas that the regeneration team has focused on. To this end, all areas requiring drainage support have been mapped out across the county and works to replace narrow culverts to commence are set to commence through a partnership by the County Government, KENHA, KURA and Nairobi Water.
The Nairobi County Government is in the process of setting up a 24-hour emergency response unit which will ensure a proactive response to flooding and other emergencies in the city. The undertaking made was that by the next rains in October 2018, flooding in Nairobi will be a thing of the past. The areas currently being addressed are;
Unclogging of city drainage replacing 300 mm culverts with 450 mm and 600 mm culverts.
Drainage in Umoja estate between Mama Lucy and Manyanja roundabout.
Reconstruction of drainage on Popo road
Rehabilitation of collapsed drainages ongoing in Buruburu and Kariobangi estate
Reconstruction and expansion of drainage capacities in Joseph Kang’ethe estate –Kibera, Civil Servants, -Kariobangi South, Ngei and Otiende estates are all ongoing.
Improvements of pedestrian traffic flow in Eastleigh First Avenue are ongoing.
Construction of pedestrian walk ways along Jogoo road, Rabai and Mumias road ongoing in Eastlands.
More information on the drainage will be availed in the coming days.
To decongest the city, the regeneration team is in the process of laying down the foundation for a Bus Rapid Transit system. We are happy to announce that the bus specification has been finalized and procurement of 50 No. high capacity buses has been initiated. Further, Stakeholders have been mapped for engagement and the route mapping completed.
The state of our roads is an even more critical area that the regeneration team has focused on. Through this effort all roads in the city are to be rehabilitated through a partnership between the National and County Government. Both Governments have made available funding for this exercise and you will over the next weeks witness extensive works to improve the conditions of our roads.
To bring order to the Boda Boda industry, Nairobi County will oversee the implementation of joint rules identified by NTSA and stakeholders. These laws include the NTSA Act number 33 of 2012, and the NTSA operation of motor cycles regulations of 2015. Starting this week, the County Government and the Kenya National Police will enforce these rules. The joint rules will subsequently be rolled out to the remaining 46 counties to bring order to the Boda Boda Industry.
To decongest Kenyatta National Hospital, the Ministry of Health and the County are finalizing a joint roadmap to enhance the capacity of trauma centres in the County’s health centres. Once this joint roadmap is finalized, Nairobians will have multiple options to access world class healthcare in other health facilities such as Mama Lucy, Mama Lucy, Mutuini and Pumwani.
Finally, to ensure that Nairobi continue to be the preferred conferencing destination in the continent, KICC will set up a 10,000-capacity prefabricated facility at the COMESA grounds in KICC. The team is also set to develop a 15,000-capacity conferencing facility at Bomas of Kenya.
The team will continue work towards these initiatives aimed at revitalizing the national capital and will provide further updates in a month’s time.
The Nairobi Regeneration Program is a joint effort between National Government and the County Government of Nairobi focuses on a set of economic and social initiatives that will improve the livelihoods of Nairobi residents. The Nairobi Regeneration team is led by Tourism CS Hon. Najib Balala and co-chaired by the Nairobi County Governor Hon. Mike Sonko. The thematic areas are led by respective Principal Secretaries and County Executives.
Chair of Nairobi Regeneration Joint Team
CS Najib Balala
Governor Mike Sonko.