In Summary
  • The exercise is a continuation of an audit that started after the collapse of a building in Huruma.
  • The equipment are non-destructive and can measure the reinforcement of a building and its safety.
  • Mr Nyakiongora says buildings collapse due to ignorance, poor workmanship and failure to enforce laws.

The National Buildings Inspectorate has purchased equipment worth Sh30 million to be used in its second phase of inspecting buildings in the city as it seeks to ensure that all structures are safe.

The audit will be carried out in Pipeline and Kayole estates with the aim of profiling all buildings that do not meet construction standards hence posing risks to public safety.

Speaking during the training of over 40 personnel from various units on the use of inspection tools and equipment at the Ministry of Works Sports Club in South C, the National Building Inspectorate secretary Moses Nyakiongora said that the exercise is a continuation of an audit that started after the collapse of a building in Huruma that left over 50 people dead.

PIPELINE

“The County Government of Nairobi in conjunction with the National Buildings Inspectorate has embarked on an exercise of conducting an audit on buildings' safety in the entire county starting with Pipeline area of Embakasi South,” said Mr Nyakiongora.

Mr Nyakiongora said that the equipment are non-destructive and can measure the reinforcement of a building and its safety.

He said that the equipment will go a long way in identifying which buildings are unsafe and after primary testing, they will have to take further investigations of the buildings.

POOR WORKMANSHIP

According to him, buildings mainly collapse due to ignorance, poor workmanship and failure to enforce laws.

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