Transport CS Kipchumba Murkomen promises to take Swift Action to Improve Airport Facilities

Kipchumba Murkomen

While receiving a status report from the parliamentary committee tasked with probing the status of airport facilities in Kenya, Cabinet Secretary for Roads and Transport Onesmus Kipchumba Murkomen has released promised to implement positive change in the transport sector.

In a statement moments after receiving the report, CS Murkomen lauded the committee for what he termed as an exceptional job. He promised swift action to implement the recommendations fronted by the team.

“My Ministry is pleased with the final report of the committee and the implementation of some of the remedial measures suggested has already started in earnest,” CS Murkomen said.

In its recommendations, the committee chaired by Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) Director Eng. Walter Ogolla called for the recruitment of more personnel at KAA to bridge the human resource gap, which has been a long-standing challenge.

Murkomen has been under scrutiny recently over problems of power shortages and other hitches at the Kenya International Airport. The committee noted that one of the key causes of the problems reported in airport facilities across the country is disorganized and demoralized workforce.

Thus, the parliamentary team also recommended a review of existing contracts in a bid to improve performance.

“The performance-based contracts that the report recommends will ensure accountability, high standards and value for taxpayer money,” Murkomen stated.

He added, “We must insist on KAA embracing a maintenance culture and compliance with international standards and best practices.”

The committee also emphasized the need to improve the condition of airport access roads, parking lots, passenger circulation and signage at all airports.

The team called for the improvement of the terminal building facilities, including replacing rusted and leaking roofs/ceilings, and overhauling power backup and water reticulation systems.

Murkomen assured that the government had started the process of revamping electro-mechanical systems, including installing new standby generators to provide primary backup and replacing old and defective screening equipment.

The team also recommended rehabilitation of runways that have shown serious surface defects and structural failures, improving airside and landside drainage systems and better manage overgrown vegetation and landscaped areas, strengthening luggage handling systems and passenger boarding bridges, modernising firefighting systems and improving security systems through fencing and screening.

Murlomen formed the committee in November following concerns from members of the public about the sorry state of the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).

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