Close to 100 staff members drawn from two government ministries; Gender, Children and Social Development and Immigration and Registration of Persons Ministry (National Registration Bureau) started an intensive two weeks training programme at JKUAT on basic statistics designed to build their capacity for data collection, analysis and presentation.
Welcoming the participants, Monday May 14, 2012, Prof. Romanus Odhiambo, Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academic Affairs emphasized the importance of statistical analysis in the public sector, saying it was crucial in guiding decision makers in formulating sound policies. Prof. Odhiambo informed the trainees to approach data analysis with a high sense of integrity saying, ‘‘embracing uprightness has the potential to make you agents of change in Kenya’’
Prof. Odhiambo told participants the course had been devised to make a lasting impact to beneficiaries since the programme he said, “provides critical skills and knowledge to shape your attitude’’.
Mr. Mutea Rukwaru, Assistant Director of gender in the Ministry said the course had come at the right time to foster the Ministry’s resolve to contribute to Kenya’s Vision 2030 aimed at industrializing the country. He called on his staffers to be keen to learn during the entire period of the training.
Since its inception in 2009 JKUAT has trained over 1000 public servants, mainly in Prisons, Police, and National Registration Bureau Departments under the World Bank funded training programme aimed at capacity building and implemented by Kenya National Bureau of Statistics.