, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 22 – The National Housing Corporation (NHC) has invested Sh300 million in a computer software that will see the corporation’s internal processes transformed using technology.
The project will involve the installation of a suite of integrated business management software that will revolutionise business operations of the corporation.
NHC Managing Director Wachira Njuguna says the software will see most of the corporation’s departments automated and lower costs and reduce wastage.
“We have embarked on this project in order to improve the organisation‘s service provision to clients in an effort to advance the corporation’s mission to play a leading role in efficient provision of adequate and affordable housing and related services,” Njuguna said.
Among departments that will be automated include human resources payroll system, document management and workflow systems, procurement and logistics information systems, customer relationship and business intelligence systems.
He said that the technological revolution will see NHC improve the quality of services provided to customers through availing information in real time, timely completion of projects, improved management of estates and automation of rent payment.
“This will increase efficiency by 25 percent, and cut on costs by 20 percent , it will also enable better and faster decision making, hence effective running of the establishment,” he said.
Njuguna says that the system will also curb corruption cases and bring about effectiveness and efficiency.
“Corruption is rampant in manually operated systems and this software will increase accountability and transparency of each department,” he explained.
He says the corporation has procured the system form Seven Seas Technologies.
Njuguna says this is part of the plan to upscale the production of affordable houses in the country with plans to build, 1200 houses in Kisumu, 4,300 houses in Nairobi and another 1,200 houses in Mombasa.
The houses are designed for low and medium income earners.
“The construction will start in January with prices ranging from Sh1 million to Sh4 million for one bedroom to three bedroom houses,” he explained.