The Nakuru County Government has launched a training program aimed at equipping the youth with skills in alternative building technology. The program, which will use cheaper building materials, is expected to increase the supply of affordable housing in the county. Governor Susan Kihika announced the launch of the Alternative Building Materials Technology Center (ABMTC) at Kagoto polytechnic in Bahati Sub-County.
The center is equipped with high capacity Hydraform Interlocking Brick (HIB) making machines that will help train the youth in the manufacture of the building blocks. Governor Kihika said that the use of alternative building materials could reduce the overall cost of construction and the time taken to put up a building, hence increasing home ownership in a country grappling with a shortage of houses.
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She added that youth polytechnics and Technical Vocational Education Training Institutes (TVETS) have the potential to come up with new technological innovations that would see houses being made in record time with or without the use of brick and mortar.
Governor Kihika observed that many developers only have rich and middle-class income earners in mind when putting up housing units, thereby consigning many to being tenants who live in houses they can hardly put up on their own. She stressed that the new technology being propped up by the devolved unit could enable the country to meet its ambitious housing plan provided by the government and solve the housing shortage in different parts of the country.