President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday, October 9, made an impromptu inspection visit of the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) new asphalt blending plant on Kangundo Road.
During the guided tour, the head of state witnessed the processing, loading and application of asphalt blended at the new facility that was constructed in just two months.
According to a statement by State House, the blending plant, constructed by NMS was a 3,000 tonnes per day facility, an amount of asphalt adequate for paving three kilometres of road daily.
Part of the equipment at the processor was donated to NMS by Intex Construction.
“I really want to appreciate the support that you have given us. And really for me, it is an indication of what you call a true public-private partnership,” he thanked the company.
Uhuru also thanked the NMS leadership team led by Director General Major General Mohamed Badi and workers at the plant for working round the clock to deliver the asphalt processor in time.
Despite the impromptu visit, workers and area residents turned out to receive the head of state who in turn took time to mingle with them in the best way he knows how.
The head of state decided to try out one a motorbike belonging to one of the residents who had shown up to receive him.
It did not take long for the president who seems to be conversant with operating all sorts of automobiles and types of machinery to learn how to operate the bike.
Within minutes, he was on the road, and like an excited child who had finally received a toy they had been eyeing for a long time, he rode the blue bike with a carrier box like a professional.
For many who were not aware that the president was in the area for a tour of the plant, Uhuru would have easily passed for a delivery man going about his day.
To put his motorbike riding antics into perspective, renowned Kenyan environmentalist and businessman Dr Isaac Kalua donated ten Honda motorcycles to NMS for their operations. Dr Kalua is the Chairman of Honda Motorcycles Kenya.
The president has on numerous instances celebrated the work Badi is doing in the city. In June, the president celebrated him having been in office for 100 days.
“I am satisfied that the directives for the first 100 days have been implemented in earnest. I challenge NMS to demonstrate that Nairobi can be the model of our Post COVID-19 National Recovery Strategy,” Kenyatta stated in June.