The Director of Planning and Statistics Isaac Kamande has attributed the huge infrastructural challenges faced by most urban centres in the country to outdated and uncoordinated planning methods.
Speaking in Starehe Grounds Thika town where he launched a stakeholders sustainable Development Goals, Kamande said that the current challenges facing almost all the 47 County Governments was as a result of old planning methods that the city fathers insist on holding to.
He Challenged governors to develop robust spatial development frameworks to guide them in urban and regional development planning adding that the current problems of poor drainage, collapsing roads and up haphazardly put housing units could be addressed when professionalism is applied in the field of planning.
Kamande who was representing the Planning PS Nyakera Irungu noted that in the modern world, towns grow upwards as opposed to horizontally due to scarcity of land and to maximize the available space for development.
There is a need to redevelop our towns so as to accommodate more people, Structures such as (JAMOFASTA houses) should be replaced with flats and skyscrapers that will spar growth, said Kamande.
He called upon governors to rethink the role of planning in promoting sustainable and equitable growth and decongesting their urban centres through comprehensive infrastructural development and the adoption of varied travel models.
Due to the magnitude of the urban challenges it is importance to take advantage of strategic partnerships with other government agencies and private investors in order to harness the knowledge and best practices that exist in the urban development sphere to inspire an era of urban regeneration, said the director.
Kamande explained that the Government through the Sustainable Development Growth is committed to ensuring that poverty is eradicated in all its forms and has developed a road map that focuses on Mapping stakeholders and establishing partnerships to implement all the 17 SDGs.
Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies will be in the frontline to create awareness and advocacy through community based organizations, youth, civil society and the private sector to ensure that Kenya is not left behind by the rest of the world in eradicating poverty.
Source: Kenya News Agency