Cardinal Njue Officially Opens The Catholic Archdiocese of Nairobi Parking Silo
His Eminence John Cardinal Njue, on Monday 2nd December 2019, officially opened and blessed a modern parking silo at the Holy Family Basilica. The underground parking with four basement levels will accommodate up to 536 cars and will use an automated system of payment and selection of parking bays for motorists. The parking silo will be a new revenue stream for the Archdiocese of Nairobi.
A feasibility study commissioned by the Archdiocese of Nairobi in 2014 noted that 10,000 cars that get into the city daily have nowhere to park. This was a challenge that the Archdiocese sought to solve by constructing the parking silo which commenced in January 2018. The day of the official launch started by celebration of mass at the Minor Holy Family Basilica. His Eminence John Cardinal Njue then led a procession to the parking silo to bless the facility.
While giving his remarks, His Eminence urged everyone to always envision the transformation of people’s lives through various initiatives. He added that the parking silo had long been awaited but the journey had finally commenced. “They say a long journey starts with one step. Let us all move forward together and bring the much needed development and transformation in the community by making personal initiatives however minute.”
In his remarks, Fr. Simon Ng’ang’a, the finance administrator/procurator lauded the vision his eminence had about the project, and all those involved especially with the financing aspect. “My gratitude goes to you your Eminence for leading this project. At the beginning we faced many challenges, especially with the excavation, but through your guidance and leadership today we have a modern parking. I would also like to thank all the parishes that contributed towards this project. This parking will ensure the Archdiocese of Nairobi continues to be self-sustaining.”
The event was also attended by His Lordship Bishop David Kamau, the Auxiliary Bishop of Nairobi, Heads of Archdiocesan of Nairobi Secretariat Departments, Deans, Archdiocesan Finance Council, contractors and other Christians.