A team of 11 engineers from the Rural Electrification Authority (REA) will spend the next ten days at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology where they will undergo a specialized training on Geographical Information Systems (GIS), in order to enhance their capacity to: gather, interpret and utilize geo-information, critical in the implementation of rural electrification programme in Kenya.
The training, a collaboration between JKUAT and REA, is primed to equip the participants with skills to model and manage spatial data for various applications in rural electrification.
At the fall of the induction, the engineers are expected to create GIS solutions and applications that will be instrumental in the management of GIS projects for the authority.
Speaking at the training opening ceremony, Prof. Esther Kahangi, the Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Research, Production and Extension commended REA for taking proactive measures in fostering the human capacity competence through the training.
“This training is therefore crucial in achieving your vision which is to efficiently provide high quality and affordable electricity connectivity in all rural areas,” noted Prof. Kahangi.
The DVC further noted that the initiative will enable the authority to achieve high standards of customer service to ensure long term sustainability and socio-economic development.
The REA engineers are the second group to be trained in GIS by JKUAT. Two years ago, the University trained a select group of Police Officers in GIS though the Department of Geomatic Engineering and Geospatial Information Systems (GEGIS).