WHO boss acknowledges NMS efforts to rehabilitate parks, walking paths in Nairobi

WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at a media conference n Monday, April 20, 2020 in Geneva

WHO boss has acknowledged the ongoing renovations of parks and walking paths in Nairobi.

World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Friday said Nairobi is improving parks, adding urban forests, building more sidewalks and improving drainage.

“And we have seen many examples of countries acting to protect lives, livelihoods and the planet on which they depend. Nairobi, Kenya is improving parks, adding urban forests, building more sidewalks and improving drainage. Pakistan has set up a “green stimulus” scheme, offering labourers who are out of work as a result of lockdown a chance to earn money by planting trees,” Tedros said in his statement.

He said while Covid-19 is a once-in-a-century health crisis, it also offers a once-in-a-century opportunity to shape the world children will inherit.

The Nairobi Metropolitan Services has been constructing walking and riding paths in Nairobi to enhance the face of Nairobi and decongest the city.

Pedestrian and bicycle lanes along Kenyatta Avenue in Nairobi CBD

Pedestrian walkways and cycle lanes have cropped up in the CBD starting from Moi Avenue, past Serena Hotel at the Integrity Centre junction. The Muindi Mbingu NMT moves from City Hall to University Way and the roundabout at the University of Nairobi.

Kenyatta Avenue after the facelift by the Nairobi Metropolitan Services /TWITTER/ NMS

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday August 14 launched the rehabilitated Michuki Park in Nairobi County.

The park, which was initially known as the Mazingira Park, was renamed to Michuki Park by the Ministry of Environment in 2012, in honour of the late Cabinet minister John Michuki to started the cleaning of Nairobi river and the recovery of the park.

“We have moved it from a safe haven for criminals to a place of serene beauty and peace; from blacken waters of Nairobi river to a swimming destination for ducks and mudfish; and from a lifeless habitat to a life-supporting ecosystem, leading to the re-emergence of birds,” Uhuru said.

He added that the former glory of the great city of Nairobi can be restored to what was referred to as the “green city in the sun”.

The President noted that Kenya is not the only country reclaiming its green spaces from the hectic encroachment of concrete spaces.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Environment CS Keriako Tobiko on Friday August 14 when he launched the rehabilitated Michuki Park in Nairobi County/ COURTESY

“Mexico City, for instance, is working to rehabilitate the only natural space left in the city by reviving a natural Lake that had been killed by ‘concrete encroachment’.

Singapore is also currently developing an artificial rain forest in Changi Airport, to fight the adverse effects of the expansion of ‘brick-and-motor’ assets in their cities.”

Michuki Park after rehabilitation

 

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