Kisii County Governor Mr. James Ongwae has commended JKUAT for ground-breaking innovations, which he said, can be tapped to foster local development. He said JKUAT was a household name in the field of technology and innovation, and invited them to be part of the planning committee for the County’s investment forum scheduled to take place in August.
Ongwae was speaking when he hosted a delegation from JKUAT led by Chancellor Prof. Geoffrey ole Maloi, Tuesday May 12, 2015. He asked JKUAT to help his county brand its popular coffee and tea to enable it attract foreign markets.
“This, should be achieved before the investment forum in August,” he told the gathering which included his deputy Dr. Joash Maangi, other top executives, and the JKUAT Vice Chancellor Prof. Mabel Imbuga, Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs Prof. Romanus Odhiambo and the Director, and JKUAT Kisii Campus Prof. Sigei, among others.
Prof. Maloiy informed the Governor JKUAT was a leader with a sound record in research, training and innovation, and was a sure partner in development, adding that, a number of county governments had already benefitted from the university.
“JKUAT could easily turn around the development patterns of different counties in almost all areas of their interest ranging from market research, policy formulation, agriculture, solid waste management, education, health, information technology and engineering,” Maloiy said
Earlier, Prof. Imbuga said her University was ready to work with the County in helping farmers with the provision of mechanization tools for agriculture, innovations that if utilized, guaranteed middle level farmers with bumper harvests.
In his remarks, Prof. Sigei said the campus is ready to partner with the county in skills upgrading through the formulation of both short and long courses. The University offers leadership and governance courses from certificate to PhD level.
Others present were the County Chief of Staff Mr. Joel Momanyi, County Secretary for Education Mr. John Fredrick Omwoyo, his counterpart for Culture, Sports, Youth and Social Services Mr. Ibrahim M. Omari, and Mr. Samuel Kebati Osoro of Trade, Tourism and Industry.