The Kenyan government has signed a contract that will pave the way for construction of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) from Nairobi to Naivasha.
The commercial contract for the construction of phase 2A of the Nairobi–Naivasha SGR was signed by China Road and Bridge Corporation Chairman Wen Gang and Kenya Railways Managing Director Atanas Maina during a cabinet steering committee meeting on SGR chaired by President Uhuru Kenyatta at Syokimau Railway Station in September.
President Kenyatta had earlier presided over the ground breaking ceremony of the SGR Nairobi terminus. Construction of the SGR from Mombasa to Nairobi is scheduled to be completed by June 2017.
“It is necessary that the project uses local content as much as possible and only imports when what is required cannot be obtained in the country,” President Kenyatta said. “We must prepare now to ensure that after completion, we have the requisite skilled manpower to run and maintain the project,” President Kenyatta said.
Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure is committed to investing Ksh 1 billion for establishment of a state-of-the-art centre that will equip youth with technical skills to take up jobs during construction of the SGR and other major infrastructure projects that are in the pipeline, Acting Cabinet Secretary James Macharia said.
By Eric Ombok