Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology held a two-day Northern Corridor Integrated Projects (NCIP) Human Resource Capacity Building (HRCB) strategy validation workshop that attracted over 60 participants from the government, industry and academia, drawn from Rwanda, Uganda, South Sudan and Kenya, June 8-9, 2017.
In 2015, JKUAT was designated as one of the Centres of Excellence in ICT Human Resource Capacity Building in the region for Northern Corridor Integration Project as well as the lead in a consortium of four universities namely; Makerere University, University of Rwanda, University of Juba and JKUAT.
The consortium was contracted to carry out a multidisciplinary skills audit of the member states in Power Generation, Transmission and Inter-connectivity, Geothermal Development, Petroleum (oil and gas) – Upstream, Midstream and Downstream, Land & Hydrographic Survey and Mapping, Land, Property Valuation and Physical Planning, ICT Infrastructure, Airspace Management and Maritime Transport and Shipping Logistics.
Representing the Chair of the Technical Oversight Committee, Mr. Darius Mogaka, during the opening of the workshop, Mr. Archer Arina from the Ministry of Education, Kenya, lauded the participants for their efforts in coming up with the HRCB strategy and was positive that it will be vital in propelling the region to greater heights in regards to development.
Mr. Arina acknowledged that human resource development is indispensable to the sustainable economic growth of the region key to job creation, poverty eradication and improvement of the standard of living.
Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga, lauding the commitment and mettle shown by all the stakeholders of the consortium, was adamant that the strategy will bear fruits. She acknowledged that for sustainable competitiveness in the global economy the region needs a strong academia-government-industry linkage same as the one formed by the NCIP.
“I am optimistic that this linkage will give birth to more collaborations especially in the area of agriculture. It is a high time we learn and share experiences to tackle food insecurity in the region,” said Prof. Imbuga.
After validation, the final HRCB strategy will be submitted to the Ministry of Education, Kenya, who will receive it on behalf of the NCIP technical oversight committee.
The JKUAT core team leading the consortium include: Deputy Vice Chancellor, Finance, Prof. Bernard Moirongo, Director, School of Computing, Dr. Stephen Kimani, Director, ICT Centre of Excellence and Open Data (iCEOD), Prof. Wafula Muliaro and Director ICT, Mr. Mwirigi Kiula
The NCIP, which started as a tripartite initiative to speed up the flow of cargo, construction of SGR, crude oil pipeline and refined petroleum products pipeline, has quickly expanded and includes extra clusters that handle ICT, Oil Refinery, Political Federation, Financing, Power Generation, Transmission and Inter-connectivity, Commodity Exchanges, Human Resource Capacity Building and Land.
In addition, there are also Clusters that handle Immigration, Trade, Tourism, Labour and Services, Single Customs Territory, Mutual Defence Cooperation, Mutual Peace and Security Cooperation and Airspace Management.