By Allan Otieno
Nairobi City County Government and the County Assembly have now agreed to have all stalled ECDE centres constructions resumed in a move geared towards addressing the overwhelming number of children joining county ECDE centres.
In 2017 the county gave Desiral company a tender to construct new ECDE centers at a cost of Ksh. 218 Million but the project stalled.
According to the contractor Winfred Mutua they had payment issues with the county government including insecurity in the sites making it difficult for them to work.
‘‘We have raised a certificate of Ksh. 14 Million which was never paid and another challenge we had was insecurity…there are places where youths and goons confronted and injured our workers some claiming that the area MCAs were unaware though we have now learnt how things work and we shall soon be back,” she said.
‘‘But we are assuring that we are ready now to go back to the site and complete these jobd and if all goes well within six months we shall be through..we have been tested before and we have capacity,’’ she added.
Meanwhile education committee chairperson Sylvia Museiya says that they will now move with speed and ensure the contractor is paid and her contract extended to allow her complete the project.
‘‘Her contract had elapsed, she has not been paid yet and therefore that alone prevents us from doing another tender..we need to understand she should be able to do the 17 ECDE centers,’’ Sylvia said.