Prof. Washington Yotto Ochieng has been appointed by the governor of Nairobi, Johnson Sakaja, to serve as his advisor on Mobility.
During the unveiling of his cabinet on Wednesday, October 26, the county administrator of Nairobi noted that the traffic problem in the city is a key concern for its residents and that the United Kingdom- based transport expert will assist in delivering long-term solutions.
He said the scholar was chosen because of his expertise and global reputation in addressing traffic issues. The governor mentioned the professor by name during the gubernatorial debate in July.
"Regarding transportation, we must create a city in which we cannot spend hours stuck in traffic. I’ m nominating Professor Washington Yotto Ochieng. He has resolved mobility challenges in London and Beijing, and we will rely on him as an outside resource to resolve our own mobility issues, ” he said.
Ochieng' is the Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Chair in Positioning and Navigation Systems at Imperial College London. He is also a Senior Security Science Fellow at the Institute of Security Science and Technology at Imperial College (ISST).
Aside from his work in Air Traffic Management (ATM) and Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), he has contributed to the advancement of positioning and navigation systems (such as Europe's EGNOS and GALILEO systems) for use on land, sea, air, and spacecraft (ITS).
He designed the London Congestion System, which has been credited for reducing traffic jams in the United Kingdom's most populous metropolis. The strategy entails implementing tolls on vehicles passing through certain parts of the city at certain times.
During a previous discussion with Alex Chamwada on Daring Abroad, the professor remarked that Nairobi City required a long-term strategic plan to fulfill the city's growing transport demand.
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