NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 18 – Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero has committed to address traffic congestion in the city, among a raft of measures that he intends to introduce to revive the city’s glory.
Addressing the first sitting of the Nairobi County Assembly, Kidero said he would expand the road network to reduce traffic congestion and introduce a mass transit rapid transport system.
“I know that traffic management is a menace in the city and I intend to initiate a coordinated electronic traffic management system that will conclusively bring the jam in the city and loss of man hours to an end through enhanced traffic flow,” said the governor.
Other measures include improving and expanding existing road infrastructure, promoting non-motorized transport, ensuring availability of parking lots at new developments, encouraging multi-level civic parking in the city centre and enhancing the ongoing efforts to create a comfortable pedestrian culture in Nairobi.
Kidero also pledged to improve health, sanitation, education and security in the city.
“I want the residents of Nairobi to enjoy better health, better water and better sanitation. Among other things, this will entail redesigning standpipe networks in the city to make it possible for poorer households to obtain adequate amounts of safe water, reducing leakages, bursts and malpractices in water connections, providing suitable facilities, such as discharge channels with easy access points to improve connectivity to the sewer mains,” he stated.
He also promise to rehabilitate the over 60 dilapidated health facilities such as the Pumwani Maternity Hospital which has been in existence since 1944 and the first home for many Nairobians who were born there, saying it was strained and needs to be overhauled.
“We will thoroughly review the availability, distribution, staffing and equipment of all health facilities and services in the city so as to ensure their adequacy for the needs of the residents of Nairobi,” he assured.