Following the successful Ministry of Roads financed expansion of the main Access Road to JKUAT which also links the University with the Ultra-Modern Thika Superhighway, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology has mooted a University frontage facelift enhancement programme aimed at beautifying the Access Road.
As a prelude to the project, the University hosted the first consultative forum with various stakeholders, Monday November 5, 2012 including the town’s residents, businesspersons, civic leaders, government officials and professionals to chart the way forward.
The University technical team of experts from the School of Architecture and College of Engineering and Technology led the stakeholders through the concept behind the proposed project and the physical design of the Access Road that will be put up by the University. The stakeholders were unanimous that the project was a good idea whose benefits will accrue not only to the University but also to the rest of the Juja Community. They lauded JKUAT for providing the consultative forum to deliberate on the matter.
Speaking at the meeting, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga thanked the stakeholders for “finding time to come and deliberate on the proposed project” which she said, was “part of the university’s corporate social responsibility”.
She outlined the envisaged dividends that will accrue from the proposed project to the Juja residents; particularly the business community located along the Access Road who she said, would realize increased business opportunities. Prof Imbuga added that the anticipated benefits call for world-class services which meet the clients’ expectations, hence the need for “the consultative meeting”.
The Deputy Vice Chancellor (RPE) Prof. Esther Kahangi under whose docket the project will be implemented, stressed on “the importance of observing municipal bylaws to governing development of Juja Town to make business attractive”
She reminded the stakeholders that it was crucial for the town’s developers to match their development with the expected status brought by the Thika Superhighway. “We need better infrastructure in the town ship” she added.
On his part area civic leader, Councilor Kariuki thanked the University for taking the initiative to bring together the town’s stakeholders “to discus matters of mutual interest” adding the beatification will benefit the town’s residents.
The meeting which was moderated by the Director of University Community Collaboration Department, Prof. Philip Ngunjiri, was also attended by Prof. Romanus Odhiambo, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs; Prof. Francis Njeruh, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Administration, Planning and Development; Dr. Suleman Okech, Registrar, Academics and the Juja OCS, Chief Inspector Simon Kiboro.
Another consultative meeting is scheduled in due course.