By Samuel Ouma
President Uhuru Kenyatta, on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, unveiled the final report of the nationwide airborne geophysical survey at State House, Nairobi.
At the same time, he inaugurated seven other ground-breaking projects that provide current and comprehensive geospatial data covering the entire country.
The eight projects were developed under the Joint National and Resource Mapping (JNAM) team. The team comprises of young Kenyan professionals under the supervision of a multi-agency from the security sector.
President Kenyatta expressed optimism that the projects will help in the National development landscape.
“As stewards entrusted with our natural resources, for the first time in our nation’s history, we have painstakingly pieced together an inventory of Kenya’s natural resources.
“Innovations generated from the exercise will fast-track the creation of jobs, diversification of revenue sources and industrial development in line with the Big 4 Agenda and Vision 2030,” President Kenyatta said.
He commended the talented young Kenyan professionals who worked jointly under the multi-agency JNAM team to make the projects a reality.
“Your efforts have made Kenya the first African country to conduct such an extensive survey without tapping into foreign expertise,” he said.
President Kenyatta said, through the projects, the JNAM team mapped out a wide range of resources, including base metals, coal, gemstones, geothermal spots, forest cover, water bodies, precious metals and rare earth elements.
He pointed out that the output maps have already helped the Ministry of Education in mapping out schools countrywide, the Ministry of Roads has been assisted in the identification of road reserves, while the Kenya Forestry services have been able to map out forest cover and identify encroached areas.
Under the JNAM multi-agency project, the President said the team also successfully developed a current cadaster for Nairobi County. This has helped identify and secure public lands such as green spaces, health facilities, schools, roads, and road reserves.
“Overall, with the updated data sets generated as part of this survey, the national and county governments, the private sector, learning institutions and other stakeholders are now better positioned to plan and implement their development programmes,” the President said.
The Kenyan Head of State also commended the JNAM team for developing several online applications, such as the Taifa Pay, which is used to centrally collect most Government revenues within Nairobi which has increased transparency and accountability in Government and private dealings.
President Kenyatta said the team also developed the ArdhiSasa digital platform, a land management system that improved the speed of land transactions.
He urged all Kenyans to embrace the ArdhiSasa system that has established a transparent, affordable and efficient Land Information Management System.
The JNAM team has also developed the Kenya National Spatial Data Infrastructure for spatial discovery, evaluation and application within all levels of Government, commercial sectors, non-profitable sectors, academia and the citizens in general.
The JNAM team has also developed an Online mining cadastre to improve mining dealership and rights processes, which will significantly boost revenue collection within the mining sector.