Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology plans to plant more than 30,000 trees within Juja campus and the neighboring community. A meeting of the university and stakeholders from the Juja community resolved to make the area a green neighborhood as part of the beautification programme.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga noted that many members of the university fraternity reside outside the campus and it is important for them to live in a neighborhood that is healthy, friendly and conducive. She expressed fear that with the increase of hostels being built in the area, many trees may be cut down, leading to environmental degradation.
Working under the auspices of the University Community Collaboration Department headed by Prof. P G Ngunjiri, the University has set aside funds to beautify the link road from Thika Superhighway and the University’s main gate in a bid to enhance ease of accessibility.
Addressing the meeting, area Chief, Chege Gachigo complemented the University for the role it has played in assisting young people who did not make it to the university by putting up Juja Farm Youth Polytechnic.
“JKUAT has provided the technical know-how and other resources to make the polytechnic a reality resulting in several youths undertaking various courses which they can use to be self employed on completion of their training”, noted Mr. Chege
The beautification project will involve landscaping and re-carpeting of the pathways used by pedestrians and cyclists.