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NHC to construct 2,000 houses for police

RUAI-HOUSINGNAIROBI, Kenya, May 12 – The National Housing Corporation is set to construct 2,000 police housing units in the first large scale government project to adopt modern building technologies.

The corporation has already completed 44 housing units at the Ruai police station which took six months to finish.

NHC Managing Director Wachira Njuguna said they have the capacity to deliver the remaining 1,956 housing units within the next six months.

“Ruai police housing project was one of our first government projects to be completed within a record time. NHC has the requisite resources to deliver the remaining housing units within six months,” he said.

He explained that the Ruai police housing project is part of the police reform programme which among other objectives, aims to improve the welfare of the security forces.

“In fulfilment of our mandate, we are working very closely with the National government to ensure that we offer our uniformed forces decent housing. With the Expanded Polystyrene Panel technology (EPS) that speeds up the delivery and the expertise within the corporation, the anticipated national roll-out will see us complete these houses within six months,” he indicated.

He stated that the EPS panels which are manufactured in NHC’s factory located within Machakos County are of a superior material for construction with diverse benefits including affordability, safety, faster construction speed and reduced labour costs.

He outlined the mandate of NHC which he says is the development of decent and affordable housing in Kenya since the rising cost of construction coupled with expensive cost of finance has made housing unaffordable to the majority of Kenyans.

He pointed out that the corporation was further targeting to develop 30,000 housing units this year to bridge the housing deficit in the country.

‘The corporation plans to develop 10,000 units for low income earners and another 20,000 units through joint ventures with land owners as well as County Governments,” he said.

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