Speech by P.S Eng. John K. Mosonik during Western/Nyanza Stakeholders Workshop
SPEECH BY ENG. JOHN K. MOSONIK, CBS, PRINCIPAL SECRETARY STATE DEPARTMENT OF INFRASTRUCTURE, MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, DURING THE STAKEHODERS WORKSHOP FOR THE ENGINEERS BOARD OF KENYA ON 5th JUNE 2017 AT THE KISUMU HOTEL, KISUMU
Chairperson of Engineers Board of Kenya,
Board Members Engineers Board of Kenya,
County Executive members present,
Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,
I am greatly honored by the invitation to open the Engineers Board of Kenya stakeholder’s workshop for Western Kenya.
I take this opportunity to commend the Engineers Board of Kenya for organizing this regional workshop covering Western Kenya to deliberate on the Engineers Act 2011, share experiences and promote professionalism in the execution of engineering and infrastructure projects.
I take note that this workshop has brought together representatives of County Governments, National Government institutions, private sector players, Institutions of Higher Learning among others in an effort to understand engineering practice and discuss ways to promote it for the wellbeing of the larger society.
The Government recognizes the critical role that the engineering professionals and practitioners play in the various sectors of the economy; Agriculture, transport, manufacturing, energy, building and construction just to mention a few
The Government is therefore concerned with the low numbers of professionals in the construction industry, engineers included, in spite of the growth in numbers of our institutions of higher learning. This has slowed down the implementation of the growth agenda, occasioned catastrophes in the building sector such as collapsed buildings, created room for foreign nationals to come and practice in Kenya among other associated negative effects.
The low numbers of fully qualified and certified professional engineers at 2,100 indeed poses a big challenge to our overall development.
It is for this reason that the Government through the National Assembly, enacted the Engineers Act 2011 and thus created the Engineers Board of Kenya to address the challenges in the provision of the necessary human capital in engineering practice and stimulate the growth of the economy as envisioned in the Country’s development blue print, the Vision 2030.
The expectation therefore is for the Board to spearhead the development of the required human resource capacity through consulting with all the relevant stakeholders as well as enforce the Engineers Act to ensure that the public gets quality professional services and to hold engineers accountable to their work.
I therefore challenge the Board to be innovative in formulating strategies that will ensure that the growing numbers of graduate engineers in our country are availed with opportunities for gaining the necessary skills and advance in their careers.
I laud the Board for instituting the Continuous Professional Development for engineers .This program will also ensure that our engineers keep pace with global trends and share experiences within engineering practice. I urge the Board to ensure that the program is a success since the maintenance and development of knowledge is key to guaranteeing competiveness of our professionals in a fast changing global environment.
Finally, I urge all stakeholders to promote professionalism in your practices, not just for the purpose of compliance, but mainly to ensure that the public and our clientele receive services that are adequate, economical and guarantee safety of both life and property.
I call upon all the participants in this workshop to actively engage the Board in understanding the provisions of the Act as well as sharing experiences on engineering practice.