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.
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.
Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko who is fighting the transfer of deeds was not invited to the event.