By SHADRACK NYAKOE
Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja has launched the pre-bidders’ conference.
The conference is aimed at identifying contractors who will help in construction of housing projects in the County.
He said most City residents are unemployed or low-income earners and thus cannot access decent affordable housing.
Sakaja added that the Population has also grown and there is need to provide affordable housing.
The County has 16,453 social housing units spread in 32 estates.
“My administration is working tirelessly, in partnership with the National Government and private sector to deliver the needed, affordable housing units. The first phase began in 2015/2016 with eight projects,” he said.
The Governor said so far, only two projects have been launched.
A total of 1,562 units in Pangani and 1,830 units in Jeevanjee.
Others like Suna Road, Ngong Road Phase 1 & 2, Uhuru, Old Ngara and New Ngara – have delayed due to various reasons including the lack of land documentation and developers not taking possession.
He said the delay is being addressed and the County will ensure that these documents are availed on time to support timely project implementation in this new phase.
The newly availed phase will target the construction of a 34,100 housing units each to cost a total of between Ksh 1.5 to 3.5 million.
The other 30 percent will be developed to target middle and higher-income households.
The project not only seeks to provide shelter to City residents but to create employment to both skilled and unskilled youths.
“This project will see the promotion of local businesses including local manufacturers,” he said.
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