THE Nairobi government has intensified the beautification of the city ahead of US President Barack Obama’s visit next month. More than 500 youths have been hired to unclog drainage, clear bushes and cut grass on major roads.
They are working on Mombasa Road, Lang’ata Road, Uhuru Highway and Waiyaki Way for Sh400 a day.
“The team cleaning the city is from the National Youth Service. The county made special arrangements with the national government, which agreed to train them for us.
I can say they are volunteering,” Environment chief officer Leah Oyake told the Star last week. Urban Green Landscapers contractors yesterday were laying a concrete slab on both sides of the flower beds on Mombasa Road. They were on the stretch between Bunyala and Lusaka roundabouts. Past the Nyayo roundabout, tractors were ploughing the beds as three lorries brought in soil to plant the grass and flowers.
“We are going to construct undulating contours, grass and flower beds, complete with pebble rocks on the sides from Waiyaki Way to the airport. The same will happen on Lang’ata Road,” a worker told the Star. Environment executive Evans Ondieki said City Hall has identified all the roads Obama’s motorcade will use for beautification. “For security reasons, I am not allowed to divulge all the information and the exact roads.
But as you have seen, we have started the beautification of Mombasa and other roads. We have to make our city clean,” he said. Ondieki said it is a long-term programme. He said the county government has come up with a solid waste bill, which will zone the city for cleanliness.
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