President Uhuru Kenyatta has lauded the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) for improving service delivery in the city and its environs.

The President expressed his satisfaction with the progress made by the NMS in implementing the directives he gave to the new agency during its launch on 18th March.

“I issued several directives to the NMS to achieve within the first 100 days, which period ended on Saturday, 28th June.

“The directives were aimed at enhancing service provision in the areas of waste collection and disposal, water and sanitation, housing and urban development, transport and public works.

“I am satisfied that the directives for the first 100 days have been implemented in earnest,” the President said.

President Kenyatta spoke on Tuesday, 30th June, at Harambee House in Nairobi, when he received the 100-day performance report by the NMS.

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At the ceremony also attended by Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja, the President challenged the NMS to make Nairobi a model city.

“I challenge NMS to demonstrate that Nairobi can be the model of our post-Covid-19 National Recovery Strategy,” President Kenyatta told the NMS leadership, including Director-General Mohammed Badi.

Major-General Badi assured the Head of State of his agency’s determination to transform Nairobi into a smart city by fully implementing its broad mandate.

DG Badi said the NMS had created new jobs by employing youth and street families in its projects through the government’s “Kazi Mtaani” initiative.

“On the re-carpeting of CBD roads, NMS has completed 30 per cent of all the roads using the Kazi Mtaani initiative.

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“To this end, NMS has engaged our youth in drainage clearing, waste management and rehabilitation of roads,” he said, adding that street families provide the bulk of the labour force for the ongoing construction of Grogan Road.

Shortly after receiving the NMS report, the President toured some of the agency’s projects in Nairobi’s informal settlements.

The President visited community water boreholes and water purification facilities at Kiboro Primary School (Mathare), Chief’s Camp (Mathare North) and at Kibra DCC’s office.

Communities neighbouring the boreholes receive treated water for their domestic use at no cost.

The Head of State also toured ongoing urban renewal and affordable housing projects in the Ngara and Pangani neighbourhoods.

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The housing projects are being implemented by the State Department of Housing, NMS and Nairobi City County.

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