Speech from Chairman for Development of Infrastructure Score Card
All protocol observed,
I am delighted by the opportunity to join you during this opening ceremony for the training of Engineers on the development of the Kenya Infrastructure Score Card organized by the Institution of Engineers of Kenya.
Allow me Sir, to once again congratulate you on the important role that the Africa Union bestowed upon you to spearhead the vision for African Infrastructure, it is in deed a vote of confidence in your leadership as well as the Kenyan engineer.
The Board has been a proponent of development of local engineering capacity at all levels in line with the mandate granted to it by the Engineers Act 2011. It is for this reason therefore the Board supports initiatives such as today’s training that seek to provide our engineers with the capacity to deliver effective and economical solutions on engineering problems. We indeed take note of the Infrastructure Score Card as a useful tool for planning, and reporting the progress recorded by governments on the development and management of the National Infrastructure.
The need for development of safe, adequate and resilient infrastructure cannot be overemphasized. The realization of socio economic developmental objectives is premised on availability of the necessary infrastructure which engineers play a pivotal role in its delivery.
The Engineers Board of Kenya has therefore embarked on a mission of creating the necessary environment for a thriving profession under the reviewed legal framework with several initiatives such as continuing professional development for professional engineers, graduate engineers’ internship programs for young engineers and accreditation of engineering programs to ensure student engineers get the right training.
These initiatives call for support from the Government as they are capital intensive investments that are sure to yield positive results for the entire spectrum of the economy.
Further, to provide the right environment for the practice of the profession, the Board is currently developing the Scale of Fees for Professional Engineering services to ensure that the engineers provides quality professional services that will assure the clients in both public and private sector that all considerations with respect to professional services have been adequately provided. It is expected that this Scale of Fees will help in holding the professional engineer more accountable to the stipulated standards of service delivery.
The Board recognizes that professionalism call for a life of commitment to ethical ideals over and above application of the advanced knowledge for the benefit of the society at large and has therefore prioritized the sensitization of engineers to the application of code of ethics in their day to day delivery of services and interactions with stakeholders. It is expected that by being conscious of their professional and ethical calling, the engineer will be in a position to deliver the appropriate, sustainable infrastructure and secure the huge capital investments for the benefit of the Nation. The Board has therefore commenced this sensitization in collaboration with the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission with the initial training of 30 engineers. The program will be rolled out through all government agencies as well as to the engineers in the private sector.
In conclusion Chief Guest,
I wish to assure that the Board is supporting all the Government initiatives that seek to transform the quality of the lives of Kenyans. This is being done by strengthening the Board’s secretariat to offer efficient registration services to engineers and firms, setting the standards for desired quality of professional services and regulating the engineer’s professional services. This is in line with the Board’s vision of a safe, efficient and effective engineering infrastructure, systems and processes for Kenya.
ENG. ERASTUS K. MWONGERA , FIEK,RCE,CBS
ENGINEERS BOARD OF KENYA