Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development and Public Works Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Dr Chris Obure has challenged the Engineers Board of Kenya (EBK) and The Institute of Engineers of Kenya (IEK) to come up with amendments to the Engineers Act of 2011 that will also prevent unlicensed contractors from practicing.
He said the government is looking to reinforce building coded regulations to stem the construction of substandard buildings which have led to loss of lives in the city on several occasions.
The move follows the recent collapse of a seven-story building in Nairobi which led to loss of life and injuries to unsuspecting Kenyans. A section of Kenyans have accused officials of the National Construction Authority for colluding with quacks and enabling them to bypass the standard building requirements.
Institute of Engineers of Kenya (IEK) has called on the government to initiate a national safety audit on buildings in Kenya. IEK President, Collins Juma said the institute will work with the government to provide necessary skills needed in ensuring buildings are safe for occupation.
The Engineering Regulatory Bodies have called on the government to address the skills shortage in the construction sector. They said government needs to create incentives aimed at an increasing the number of professional engineers to weed out unprofessionalism in the industry.
Statistics show that there are 20 graduate engineers for every three professional engineers.