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Kenya facing acute shortage of engineers, says PS

08 May 2014, 11:32 John Kioko

Kwale - Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure John Musonik and the Institute of Engineers of Kenya (IEK) Chairperson Julius Riungu said that the country is facing a shortage of engineers.

They said that 700 engineering students graduate every year in the country although it takes between 5-8 years to register them as professionals.

PS Musonik said that the government in conjunction with the Institute of Engineers of Kenya (IEK) will start to register engineering graduate students so as to address the shortage of engineers in the country.

He said that the country has a total of 5,000 graduate engineers while out of this only 1,400 are registered professionals.

The Institute of Engineers of Kenya chairman Julius said that the current number of engineers in the country cannot be enough for all 47 counties.

“The number of engineers which is 1,400 cannot even cater for the entire 47 counties. The sector has a shortage of 40 per cent of engineers,” he added.

He said that counties have so much responsibility but the capacity might not be enough noting that they are looking at ways to see rural areas developed.

The sentiments were made at Leisure Lodge resort in Kwale County Wednesday during the 21st Engineers International Conference.

Engineer and Rural Infrastructure Prospective is the theme of this year’s conference where professionals from government, industry, academia, private practice, researchers and innovators will exchange ideas.

The PS Musonik said that the national government has put across multi-billion shillings project which are engineering opportunities.

“There are various ongoing projects in the tune of KES 57 billion that the government seeks to complete in the next five years,” he said.

He said since maintenance of roads has been one of the challenge in both rural and urban areas where some money will be directed there while the rest will be used to complete other projects.

“In the next two months the national government will announce tenders for Dongo kundu by-pass which will cost KES 8 billion. An extra KES 2 billion has been budgeted towards addressing congestion in both Nairobi and Mombasa Cities,” added the PS.

According to the PS the government will build new roads between Mombasa-Nairobi and Nairobi-Nakuru-Marsabit.

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