Juja Legislator Hon. Francis Waititu and his Langata counterpart, Hon. Joash Olum have pledged to support needy students enrolled in Kenyan Universities through the Constituency Development Fund. The legislators noted that a number of capable students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds still cannot pursue university education.
“Beyond bursaries, we have also intensified efforts to improve quality of education in the constituency by building and equipping more classrooms,” Hon. Waititu said.
The two lawmakers were speaking Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology where Waititu presented a Ksh. 527, 000 cheque to support 47 needy students enrolled at the University from his constituency.
Hon. Olum challenged students to look beyond employment and embrace entrepreneurship instead. He said a number of credit facilities are now available for young people to acquire capital and go into self-employment. JKUAT, Olum noted, had fostered a culture of quality training, innovations and technology transfer in a number of areas including agriculture, and engineering.
Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga lauded the legislators for supporting higher education through bursaries; an act she opined, had enlivened hopes of hundreds of students
Prof. Imbuga said the University was undertaking a number of community outreach initiatives aimed at empowering the host community. She singled out the donation of a soap making machine to Juja Farm Polytechnic as well as a power sub-station hosted by JKUAT as high impact initiatives towards Juja Community wellbeing.
JKUAT student leader, Erick Jomo equally paid accolade to the legislators for aiding needy students who he said would otherwise not acquire university education.
The meeting which was also addressed by Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academic Affairs, was attended by a number of students and officials from JKUAT and Juja Constituency CDF Office.