Construction of the building that will house the Pan African University Institute of Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation (PAUISTI) is set to commence in earnest at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology Main Campus, Juja following the official handing over of the construction site to Vinbell International Ltd, the construction company that won the competitive tender for the construction of the complex.
During the function Monday, November 4, 2013, the Vice Chancellor Prof. Mabel Imbuga said, the African Union was highly committed to the successful completion of the PAUISTI project, adding, JKUAT was equally very excited to officially hand over the site to the contractor signaling the commencement of the construction work which is scheduled to take 40 weeks to complete. Prof. Imbuga appealed to the contractor to expedite the construction and deliver it earlier than the set timelines.
Speaking at the function, the Director of Vinbell International Limited Mr. Vincent Marube, who was accompanied by other Vinbell members of staff from Vinbell International said, they will speed up the construction work in order to deliver within the project(ed) timelines and assured the University that his team was up to the task.
Mr. James Kiburi who represented the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, expressed the ministry’s readiness to support the project and appealed to the contractors to uphold the standards of excellence that inform the establishment of PAUISTI.
The new building and its workshops, laboratories and administration facilities including a restaurant will be a shot in the arm of PAUISTI, a continental centre of graduate training and research, aimed at promoting integration among African states through higher education and research. The project is support by the Africa Development Bank through the African Union Commission for Human Resources, Science and Technology (HRST).
The Director of PAUISTI Prof. Gabriel Magoma welcomed the new development saying it was a great moment for them as an institution noting, already the first cohort of students from across the continent are in session and they looked forward for the next admissions.
Present at the ceremony and tour of the site were: Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor Administration, Planning and Development Prof Victoria Ngumi; Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs Prof. Romanus Odhiambo and Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research, Production and Extension Prof. Esther Kahangi among other staff from JKUAT and Vinbell International.
During the function, Arch. Juma Oino made a brief descriptive presentation of the model design of the PAUISTI building and compound which will also have a Heroes Plaza that will host several pioneer African statesmen such as the late Kwame Nkurumah who espoused and championed the Pan Africanism spirit and dream.