By Claire Wanja
Over Ksh 1 billion is spent by the Government annually to rent office space from the private sector, the Principal Secretary in the State Department for Housing and Urban Development Arch. Aidah Munanohas said.
She stated that the Government was still keen on purchasing Teleposta Towers from Telecom Pensions Scheme and Provident Fund to cut down on the costs of leasing office space.
“About 90 percent of office space at Teleposta towers was occupied by government offices making it the most preferred choice for purchase” said she.
Architect Munano also disclosed that the Government was considering purchasing land from the Kenya Railways to construct offices as a way of saving the exchequer money spent on renting offices.
Meanwhile, the building inspectorate set up in January 2015to address the challenge of collapsing buildings and dangerous infrastructure in the country has inspected over 2600 suspect building structures, 228 of which have been condemned for destruction.
The Secretary for Buildings Inspectorate Quantity Surveyor Moses Nyakiongora, said the inspectorate will continue to work in liaison with county authorities, National Construction Authority and other Government agencies to identify and take action on the offending structures.
He said since the inspectorate begun working, there has been an increase in awareness among county staff concerned with building approvals, landlords, developers and tenants on the need to enhance safety of buildings.
“Training in building audit has been extended to county governments, with 125 staff from 28 counties trained so far” said Nyakiongora.